Send me BRIEFINGS from IFR, FREE!

Weekly tips, technique and training from IFR.

Down-Transitions

Down-Transitions

Many of our ranks are professional pilots because they simply love to fly. They find a way to fly no matter what. For them, retiring from a career in aviation simply means they no longer get paid to fly, but they’ll find a new ride. These are usually superb pilots—pilot’s pilots—but they can sometimes struggle when transitioning from a magic carpet with dual FMS, dual radar, dual engines, surplus power, autothrottles...and redundant redundancy. Of course, there are also many owner-operator pilots who fly sophisticated aircraft ranging from bizjets to piston twins who similarly find themselves looking for a new way to sustain that aviation fix as they retire.

Continue Reading


More Technique

On The Air: July 2019

Nearing PORTL on the TMBRS TWO ARRIVAL for Portland International, Oregon (KPDX) we wonder what we need to make beer...

Summer Hazards

 Subscribers OnlyWithout those tools it’s important to get on the ground or find a route out of the activity if buildups start...

Making Do

 Subscribers OnlyThere are a few things in flying life we might take for granted. In fact, some of us are downright spoiled. For...

Upgrade Confusion

A shop near me has a good reputation for quality avionics installations. Their bid came in a good deal under the bid...

Finding Non-Precision

 Subscribers OnlyAs we move forward in time with the proliferation of LPV approaches, the phaseout of non-precision approaches using...

Route Planning

 Subscribers OnlyThis is a long flight, so you want to minimize distance and go as direct as possible. You scan the route from TAFOY...

Sneak in the Side Door

 Subscribers OnlyBefore you get a contact approach, some more boxes need to be checked, starting with weather minimums on par with...

Readback: July 2019

We got a quick response from Garmin. It’s actually a bug in the underlying approach data, but that apparently...

Briefing: July 2019

A prominent Alaskan airline and tour company voluntarily ceased operations in late May after two fatal crashes...

High Too Tech

Step two: Set the clock that held no resemblance to the actual time of day. I fiddled with it for a few minutes and...