Creative Climb

A circling departure is a good option for gaining altitude over the airport, but you’ve gotta pick: visual or instrument? Maybe both, depending on the weather.

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Low IMC approaches are often the highest-workload procedure for single-pilot, single-engine flights. But departures can be a handful, especially when the weather is between VMC and IMC. Counterintuitive, yes. That’s because there’s more than one option in addition to flying an IFR published procedure. Visual departures followed by IFR routing, obstacle departure procedures (ODPs) that […]
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