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  • BETWEEN THE CRACKS
  • VMC DISSECTED
  • DO YOU KNOW ICAO?
  • AIRSPACE QUIZ FOR IFR
  • TRAIN IN NEW ENGLAND
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  • BETWEEN THE CRACKS
  • VMC DISSECTED
  • DO YOU KNOW ICAO?
  • AIRSPACE QUIZ FOR IFR
  • TRAIN IN NEW ENGLAND
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Do You Know ICAO?

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) dwells in the deep recesses of general aviation operations. We now file ICAO flight plans, only vaguely aware that ICAO is some wispy regulatory body that seems to have the pull to make it happen. ICAO does indeed have major chops. Formed in 1947, it is one of the […]
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Vmc Analyzed

Training for my multi-engine rating years ago was in a Piper Apache. It was a good, inexpensive training aircraft, but it lulled me into a false sense of security about VMC. I thought a VMC rollover was just caused by the torque of the good engine/drag of the failed engine and the lack of rudder […]
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Between The Cracks

During my high school years, I got a lift home from a friend. Approaching my neighborhood, I said, “Turn left here.” I expected my friend to be a sensible driver, spot the clearly marked street a few hundred feet ahead, decelerate, merge into the designated left-turn lane, look for traffic, and smoothly turn into my […]
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Readback: September 2020

Oops! That Sinking Feeling… I feel the need to share my recent screwup with other pilots because I firmly believe that we can all benefit from the experience of another. I’m stewing in my disgust and embarrassment for a recent mistake. I make every effort to be a conscientious pilot who’s constantly learning. My recent […]
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Briefing: September 2020

PILOT DATABASE EXPANSION OPPOSED NBAA is fighting a proposed FAA pilot record database that will require airlines and so-called “gateway operators” to keep files on pilots, including written and practical tests for ratings and endorsements and even training notes during flight instruction. The proposal is an expansion of the Pilot Records Improvement Act enacted in […]
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Circle From An ILS?

Recently a reader wrote to ask me a question that’s been provoking a lot of thought here in the IFR virtual offices. This particular reader is an airline pilot for a foreign airline that operates into the U.S. and under FAA Part 121. Besides “flying the line” he’s also part of their Flight Standards, so […]
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  • AROUND “THE HOOD”
  • YOU COULD FLY A CAT II ILS
  • COVID-19 LESSONS
  • STABILIZED APPROACH QUIZ
  • UNLEASH YOUR WINGS
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Upper-Level Weather

Unless your flying is limited to local sightseeing in good weather, chances are you’ve used winds aloft charts at some point. For many commercial and military pilots, they’re a staple of the preflight weather briefing, and they’re easily found on sites like aviationweather.gov.  These charts are constructed by weather centers at a series of designated […]
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No Approach Here

Unless you’re one of those lucky pilots who fly only from big, comfy airports with at least a part-time tower, copying and canceling IFR clearances while airborne are routine. And while it’s not as common to file IFR to a destination with no instrument procedures, there are plenty of such airports scattered around, so it […]
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Unleash Your Wings

You’re an active pilot, right? You even get some training now and then beyond what you’re required to get. But, if you spent a little energy— and usually no more money you might be able to take most or even all of what you’re already doing and let it, for example, count as the flight […]
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IFR Quiz: August 2020

Stabilized approaches help us avoid obstacles and loss of- control accidents as well as approach-and-landing accidents. They also provide more time for you to cope with ATC, weather, and to make the critical land-or-go-around decision. Test your knowledge of stabilized approaches and sharpen your approach skillset with these questions.
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