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We are based at Witham Field, Stuart, Florida. Stuart is a fairly busy airport, located in southeast Florida between Palm Beach and Vero Beach. It is also a port of entry, and there is a large flight school located here. On this particular day, the weather was picture perfect for flying. We had flown to […]
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On The Air: May 2021

We are based at Witham Field, Stuart, Florida. Stuart is a fairly busy airport, located in southeast Florida between Palm Beach and Vero Beach. It is also a port of entry, and there is a large flight school located here. On this particular day, the weather was picture perfect for flying. We had flown to […]
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NOT SO EASY AFTER ALL

After a three-day trip to the Denver area mixing business and recreation, you’re heading eastbound for home with a stop in Medford, Oklahoma, to visit a friend. Medford Muni (Oscar-53) doesn’t seem to have much to it, though, so you review the logistics to confirm it’ll work for an overnight. One runway at 3007 feet? […]
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ENGINE-OUT AUTOMATION

Okay, what is engine-out automation? It includes automatic propeller feathering and rudder boost. New innovations are being introduced that extend this automation into more twin-engine aircraft (see sidebar Latest Trends). While engine-out automation is usually provided only as an aid, the automation may be required to meet the aircraft certification requirements. As with other cockpit […]
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ADS-B TO REPLACE RADAR

Capstone, the first large-scale ADSB prototype, was deployed in Alaska in 1999 because Alaska had (and still has) the highest of any state’s aviation accident rate. Despite this challenging environment, by 2006, Capstoneequipped aircraft demonstrated a 47 per cent decline in accident rate compared to non-equipped aircraft in southwest Alaska. That same year, the FAA […]
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Readback: May 2021

Want Some Old Mags? A long-time friend, reader, and frequent contributor to these pages has a physical archive of most of the issues of IFR Magazine, including issue #1 from 1988. He’s grown tired of stumbling over them in his office and wants to pass them along to someone who might appreciate them. The magazines […]
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Briefing: May 2021

AERION PARTNERS WITH FLIGHT SAFETY Aerion has announced plans to collaborate with Flight Safety International to develop a flight training academy for supersonic civil, commercial, and military aircraft. The announcement came as pre-orders ramp up for the company’s AS2 supersonic business jet. NetJets has taken options on 20 and the manufacturer says the deal brings […]
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ALL ABOUT MOISTURE

With summer approaching, we often think about those hot temperatures, high density altitudes, and storms. But another factor enters the picture: moisture. High relative humidity brings foggy mornings, and with soaring dewpoints comes the prospect for storms and rain. With moisture having such a profound impact on flight operations, it’s time to take a closer […]
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GOT DME?

With full RNAV equipment, the occasional ILS might seem quaint, but it’s still a useful procedure. It even requires RNAV in some updated versions. Meanwhile, there are still plenty of ground-based navaids to accommodate the full spectrum of aircraft capabilities, all the way down to “legacy” avionics, of which, yes, there really are lots. Some […]
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April 2021 Quiz

You recently got the upholstery redone in your new-to-you Bonanza BE33. It’s a nice cream color with blue accents, and now with a nice gash in the seat thanks to an errant screwdriver. You’ve made the 45-minute flight from Asheville, North Carolina (KAVL) back to Rock Hill, South Carolina (KUZA) to have the seat cushion […]
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KMFR LOC/DME BC-B

In this reintroduction of a past series of articles, we’ll fully dissect a particular chart or procedure. While many of the points we’ll make should be uncovered in a normal briefing, our analysis will extend far beyond. Our hope is that by exploring the edge cases of available procedures, you’ll better understand how to handle […]
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TURNING AROUND

You’re feeling pretty good as you descend towards your destination airport. Under Center’s watch, you’ve just checked the latest ATIS, briefed the advertised approach to Runway 27, and you’ve got your avionics all set accordingly. Center switches you to Approach. Your check in with Approach ends with, “…and I’ve got information Charlie.” Approach responds, “Expect […]
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