Tag Archives: IMC

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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Could the iPad be Outlawed in the Cockpit?


From AOPA: Use an iPad or other electronic flight bag (EFB) in the cockpit to pull up charts or instrument approaches? A proposed advisory circular could limit their use in the cockpit and stunt their growth potential under the Next … Continue reading

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February 3, 1959-The Day the Music Died


This coming week marks the 52nd anniversary of one of the entertainment world’s most infamous plane crashes. Bonanzas are stout aircraft, but intolerant of inexperienced, careless, or ham-fisted pilots. One particular Beech Bonanza, a straight Model-35 V-tail version with CAA registration number N3794N, will forever … Continue reading

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XM Weather in the Cockpit? You Cannot Be Sirius!


Aside from Global Positioning Systems, one of the technologies that has had an important positive impact on safer flying is XM Weather in the cockpit. XM Weather, or XMWX, is almost like having The Weather Channel in your panel at … Continue reading

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I Can’t Be Lost….I’m On Instruments!


Before the days of GPS and MFD moving map displays that can pinpoint our exact location to within a meter, the instrument pilot had to mentally visualize his/her position with reference to ground based navigation systems. For most instrument students, one of … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Flights


Roundtrip from Leesburg, FL to DeKalb-Peachtree Bonanza 85 Kilo is cleared to the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport via Ocala, victor 159, Pecan, victor 97, Atlanta, direct. Climb and maintain 2000, expect 7000 ten minutes after departure. Departure frequency is 121 point 1, … Continue reading

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Boca Raton. It’s Only a Few Dollars More to go First Class


LEE to BCT Departing Leesburg, the winds were 360 at 4, clear with 10 miles visibility, temp 21, dew point 09, and altimeter 30.15. Time enroute: 01:07. “November 85K is cleared to the Boca Raton Airport, via radar vectors to Pahokee, direct. … Continue reading

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