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.
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?
NDBs are often located at poor places for training. (at the outer marker?)
AM broadcast stations make good NDBs for practicing holds, intercepts, etc.
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
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
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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Last modified 07/15/02.