Probable Cause #13: Circling Into Danger »

A circling approach is one of the most challenging maneuvers in an instrument pilot's repertoire. While it sounds simple, it's also easy to get it wrong. More

Probable Cause #12: Siren Song »

As home beckons, a commuting pilot slugs through storms and delays before finally meeting his match a half-hour from home. More

Probable Cause #11: Right Pilot, Wrong Equipment »

Even experienced pilots can have trouble if their plane has instruments they're not used to using -- or doesn't even have the right instruments for a particular IFR approach. This accident report first appeared in AVweb's sister publication, IFR Refresher . More

Probable Cause #10: Big Sky Fails »

Skirting under the shelf of Denver's Class B and talking to ATC, a northbound Skyhawk climbs into the path of a southbound Cheyenne. More

Probable Cause #9: Personal Minimums »

Pilots flying under the rules of FAR Part 91 are allowed to attempt an instrument approach even when the weather is below minimums. But when skills are rusty, it may be time to be more conservative, as we see in this week's Probable Cause report. This first appeared in AVweb's sister publication, IFR Refresher . More

Probable Cause #8: Night Over Water »

On a clear night with a full moon, a visual descent to the airport turned into a splashdown on a poorly flown instrument approach. This report first appeared in AVweb's sister publication Aviation Safety . More

Probable Cause #7: Marginal VFR and Complacency of the Familiar »

An IFR pilot may choose to fly VFR on a nice day -- but how good does "nice" have to be to let go of the IFR safety net? This week's Probable Cause report investigates the issue, which first appeared in AVweb's sister publication, IFR Refresher . More