VFR Mastery Demo

This workshop is from our new “VFR Mastery” monthly program. Follow the steps below to complete it.

VFR Mastery: “Squeeze Play In Arkansas”

VFR into IMC might be the deadliest trap for non-instrument pilots. It’s easy to say you’d just turn around, but the reality of cross-country flying is that deteriorating weather lures even the most resolute souls when it occurs slowly, and with tempting options–that can vanish in moments if the conditions are right.

1. Watch The Overview

2. Evaluate Your Options

Additional resources to help you evaluate the options.

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We also encourage you to use your preferred online planning tool or app to review charts, airport diagrams, routes, and other details as required.

3. Make Your Choice

4. Learn From The Instructor

Richard McSpadden is the Executive Director of AOPA’s Air Safety Institute and an active flight instructor. He holds a Commercial certificate with CFII, MEI, SEL ratings and a single-pilot Citation jet type rating. Richard began his GA flying in college and later flew F-15s, F-16s and the Super King Air 300 for the USAF.

He culminated his USAF career as the Commander and Flight Leader of the USAF Thunderbirds.

A native of Panama City, Florida, McSpadden started flying as a teenager and has logged over 5,000 hours flying a variety of civilian and military aircraft. He taught his son to fly, instructed his daughter to solo in their Piper Super Cub, previously owned a 1950 Navion that was in his family for almost 40 years, and currently owns a 1993 Piper Super Cub.

5. Listen To The Roundtable

Listen in as our team of instructors discuss and debate the details of this scenario.

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6. Join The Discussion

VFR Mastery includes a private discussion forum where our instructors and members share their experiences, answer questions, and discuss how to handle the scenario. No junk – just serious pilots learning from each other and our instructors. Click here for a free trial.