IFR Tip of the Week



When flying in solid IMC, regularly look outside at the exterior of your airplane for signs of ice. Find out where ice normally forms first in the type of aircraft you fly. This is often a small, sharp protrusion, such as the Outside Air Temperature probe, or part of a strut.


08/05/02 When flying an instrument approach to an uncontrolled airport, carefully consider the possible consequences before cancelling your IFR flight plan in flight. If this is a training flight in VMC, there will be no search and rescue, based on your flight plan, if something goes wrong after the cancellation is accepted. If this is a flight in IMC, will you be above VFR minimums or in Class G airspace after cancellation?

07/29/02 NDBs are often located at poor places for training. (at the outer marker?) AM broadcast stations make good NDBs for practicing holds, intercepts, etc.

07/22/02 If you denied an instrument approach upon arrival on an instrument training flight on an IFR flight plan in VFR conditions, ask the controller if you can cancel IFR and fly the procedure VFR. The separation requirements are different, especially if the tower controller that opposite direction traffic.

07/15/02 If you are given a clearance to a hold, consider asking the controller if you can reduce your cruise speed instead. Sometimes, the traffic will not permit this, but it is worth a try. No need to burn fuel to get nowhere fast!

06/17/02 Keep your ADF tuned to an NDB or a strong AM broadcast station of a known location if you are not using it for navigation. The ADF can be used as a makeshift DG if you have a gyro failure.



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