Transportation > Aviation > Download, free read

Flying IFR by Richard L. Collins download in pdf, ePub, iPad

Very few aircraft can be flown hands off. The solution lies in the scan itself. Phone local airports to get real-time local weather. You will have better control with a light touch.

The competent pilot makes the airplane give its best performance. Do not let weather drive your personal minimums beyond your comfort level. The effects of hypoxia at night are more dramatic at night than during daylight.

Being prepared includes

Being prepared, includes competency on partial panel. If you're flying in clouds, it's imperative that you know exactly where you are at all times without relying on radar assistance. At night use well lighted instrument runways and fly the glide slope. Think before you accept any radar vector.

You may as well file for preferred routes because that is what you will get. Some pilots even add a slight pad, perhaps or feet, to give them more time to establish the descent on short final.

If you're flying in

If ice is below you, you will be better off to stay on top via the full approach with a rapid descent. You might even choose a different route to avoid weather that you'd accept as normal in daylight. You must know where you want the aircraft to be relative to speed, attitude, configuration. Aircraft position reports are sent as voice radio transmissions. Weather and traffic may change the preferred routings.

Don't fight it out with the guy on the other end of the radio. If weather is below minimums at your planned destination, get a new and better destination immediately. Wait if the weather is improving, try always to fly into improving weather. The instrument pilot is thinking ahead of the airplane.

One factor in trim feel is the position of the microphone switch. Stabilized flight conditions such as level or glide slope do require that elevator control altitude and power to control airspeed. Find a cfii willing to sit with you while you build your confidence.