Instrument flight plans don’t always arrive as filed. How quickly can you evaluate several options from ATC in the highly congested NY airspace, including how each one impacts your personal minimums and comfort level? IFR flying is all about managing risk and adapting to changing conditions.
Electrical failures can sneak up on the inattentive. Yet they require prompt action and sound decision making to guarantee a safe outcome. Choosing the best place to land is important, but also how you manage the flight to your chosen landing location is equally–if not more– important.
A three-hour IFR flight to attend a family reunion is uneventful for most of the trip, until notice that something isn’t quite right. You’ll need to evaluate the current situation and decide if a change in your flight plan is warranted before weather deteriorates at your destination.
When you’re offered Super Bowl tickets on the morning of the big game, owning your own airplane means you can fly yourself and a friend to Dallas in plenty of time to make the kickoff. Everything is perfect, except for the weather. Now you’ll have to make some tricky decisions. See you at the game?
Although a standard instrument departure (SID) will keep aircraft away from terrain, it is optimized for ATC route of flight and will not always provide the lowest climb gradient. Test your ability to analyze all available departure options and choose the best one in challenging conditions!
Unexpected icing encounters can pose a threat to any IFR pilot, no matter what equipment they’re flying . Test your decision making when you encounter ice along your route that was not in the weather forecast. Your immediate reaction will be critical for ensuring a safe outcome.
Sometimes the best choice is not so obvious, and each option creates unique challenges. This is a real-world situation and your evaluation and decision making can make the difference between an uneventful approach and a hazardous one. How will your decisions play out?
Losing critical instruments in IMC could scare the pants off any instrument pilot. Glass cockpits or redundant systems don’t exempt pilots from instrument emergencies. Consider how you would handle an emergency that requires an immediate diversion in IMC followed by a partial-panel approach.