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Features March 2012 Issue

Ready to Return in IMC

We espouse always being ready to miss an approach no matter how much we expect to land. How about being ready to call it quits only minutes after we enter the clouds?

After a long weekend at the cabin with the family, you’ve packed up the flying family truckster for the Sunday afternoon return from Rural Island Muni back to Bigtown International. Passing through 1000 feet AGL, you push Direct-Direct to re-center the GPS route and turn on course—no obstacle departure procedure from this uncontrolled field—when the engine stumbles badly.

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