Tag Archives: IFR procedures

Instrument Proficiency Check


Maintaining IFR currency for instrument rated pilots is  a challenge if you are based in Florida. The Sunshine State almost always lives up to its moniker, and the only opportunity to get some real IMC time is in and around thunderstorms, (not … Continue reading

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CloudAhoy and IFR Procedures


The more I use CloudAhoy, a free IOS app for iPhones and iPads, the more impressed I am. This app is a great tool for debriefing flights with your safety pilot or instrument instructor to show exactly how well you tracked an airway … Continue reading

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Summer Weather Flying in Florida


In one of my earlier posts, I wrote about dealing with convective weather during the summer months, or alternatively, pickling your plane. If you are going to own a aircraft and use it for its maximum utility, or even have a fair chance of … Continue reading

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Flying over the Smoky Mountains


On a recent round-trip to Lexington, KY (KLEX), from Florida, our route took us east of Atlanta and over the The Great Smoky Mountains. The Great Smoky Mountains are beautiful, and their area covers western North Carolina and Tennessee as … Continue reading

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N9481U


This was the little plane that started it all, meaning my love of aviation. N9481U was not just any Cessna 150, but a Cessna 150/150. She was a 1976 model ship, based at Orlando Country Airport, near Zellwood, FL. This … Continue reading

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300 and 6


This past week I needed to make a business trip to South Florida and return in the same day. The choice was to either get up really early and drive 4.5 hours each way on the Florida Turnpike, or make … Continue reading

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Entering a Hold? There’s an App For That!


If you fly enough “real” IFR, at some point you will find that you cannot land at your planned destination without some Air Traffic Control delays. Maybe the airport has low IFR conditions, and other aircraft are ahead of you … Continue reading

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External GPS Options for Pilots Using the iPad


I hate flying commercial. Pilots are a unique breed. We must be in control of our own destiny rather than be relegated to seat 22-E. But occasionally we must fly commercial and find ways to entertain ourselves while enroute. The … Continue reading

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Let George Do It


Continuously holding a heading and altitude on long trips in an aircraft without an autopilot, particularly during IMC, can be fatiguing.  My first Bonanza did not have an autopilot, and that is one of the reasons the decision was made to sell … Continue reading

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Escaping the Heat


Summertime, or more specifically the 4th of July, is vacation time. And there is no better vacation than leaving the heat and humidity of Florida and heading a thousand miles north for the cool, dry air of Michigan.   We … Continue reading

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