This article originally appeared in IFR Refresher, Jan. 2007.When a pilot contemplates an IFR flight, the focus will tend to shift towards the latter part of the trip. This is reasonable, as an approach is arguably the most challenging phase of any IFR flight. This focus on approaches, enforced during initial and recurrent training, does have its drawbacks: Many pilots tend to dismiss the challenges that come with the departure phase of flight. In at least one case, this dismissal cost both the pilot and his passenger their lives.
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Jack Fleetwood of Round Rock, TX leads the flight line in our latest edition of reader-submitted photos. Click through for more reader photography.