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Features August 2018 Issue

It’s Raining Regs

Absent vectors, a straight-in clearance, “No PT” on the course, or just asking, you need to fly the procedure turn.

It’s Raining Regs

Weather can sure bring a pile of things to consider. Are you safe? And legal? Plus, there are always a lot of rules to keep track of while you’re up there. When it rains, it pours.

The day starts in Mansfield, Ohio by stuffing your Piper Arrow to its max gross weight. The plan is to stop for fuel at Queen City Municipal in Allentown, Pennsylvania on the way to Massachusetts. You load three other people, bags and as much fuel as weight permits—25 gallons. Meticulous flight planning shows 1.7 hours to get to KXLL, burning 9.2 gph. This leaves one hour of reserve, slightly buffering the legal minimum 45-minutes of 91.167(a)(3). And, you’ve diligently followed 91.103 as far as knowing “all available information” for the flight, including weather, runways and some backup airports should you need to stop en route.

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