Features December 2016 Issue
Circling On The Climb
Circling at low altitudes over an airport, whether you’re coming or going, is among the riskiest of IFR operations. The secret is knowing how low you can go.
Everyone trains for that circle-to-land maneuver from an instrument approach, but there’s also an occasional need to fly circling departures. These can put you in the most marginal visual conditions waiting for the official IFR clearance. The usual suspects—weather, obstacles and flying the airplane—all come into play when you’re in that murky transition between VFR and IFR.