GPS in the IFR System: A Guide from the Ground Up »

Despite the proliferation of GPS in IFR applications during the past few years, many instrument pilots are afraid of anything that happens after they hit the power switch. Jeremy Jankowski explores some of the information that every pilot who uses GPS in the IFR system should know, including the importance of RAIM, what goes on behind the scenes during a GPS approach, and some of the ways to utilize GPS to its maximum potential in some less-than-ideal situations. More

Pop-Up IFR »

You didn't file and the weather's getting rude. AVweb's Rick Durden says there is a much safer way to go than scud running: Get a quick-and-dirty IFR clearance. More

Brief for the Approach »

Familiarity can breed confusion when a procedure that you have flown before has been revised and you don't brief for the approach. Even in a single-pilot situation, an approach briefing will ensure you have everything set up properly. Recently in IFR Refresher, Brian Jacobson followed the chain of events that led to an accident during an approach, when the pilot wasn't where he thought he was, and didn't notice the signals warning him. More

Where's My Real-Time Cockpit Weather? »

What happened to the promise of receiving real-time weather in my cockpit? Last year at AirVenture, I was promised weather in my cockpit! Where is the weather in my cockpit? AVweb Publisher Carl Marbach takes a look at what has happened to the promise of real-time cockpit weather in the year since the FAA awarded contracts to develop the service. The good news is that you can get this information now. The bad news is that you don't have very many choices. More

Another Day in ATC Paradise — "The World's Busiest Tower" »

Imagine that your employer offered to send you to a little Wisconsin town for a week, dump a huge pile of work on you, and in return issue you a special hot-pink shirt. Would you go for it? Well, FAA air traffic controllers compete for the chance to come work the Oshkosh tower during AirVenture every summer, and they have to be booted out after six years to make room for the newbies who want their go. These people agreed to let AVweb's news writer Kim Broadwell into the tower last week, and he was brave enough to enter their workspace. Here's his report. More

VFR in Class-A Airspace? »

Even the greenest student pilot is taught that operations in Class A airspace always must be conducted under IFR. No exceptions. Right? Wrong! There are circumstances under which VFR operations in Class A airspace are not only appropriate, but required. AVweb contributor Richard P. Siano takes a look outside conventional wisdom. More

Guest Commentary: Metro High »

A lot of stuff goes on behind the scenes at an FAA radar facility that pilots never see. And that's probably a good thing. Here's a guest commentary submitted by a loyal AVweb reader about a recent system deviation. It's a deviation that didn't really threaten any aircraft nor require abrupt maneuvering. But because of the ATC system's outdated equipment and often-overloaded sectors, it's a deviation that need not have happened. The "deal" was real, but as they used to say, "the names have been changed to protect the innocent." More

Coping with Single-Pilot IFR »

One of the toughest challenges we general aviation pilots face is flying single-pilot IFR. It's so tough, in fact, that the airlines and commuters don't even attempt it. But according to AVweb editor and SPIFR-maven Mike Busch, modern technology and tight cockpit discipline can go a long way to compensate for not having a copilot. Mike reviews the most common screwups that pilots make when flying SPIFR, and offers some concrete suggestions for avoiding them. More

The Five-Minute Brief »

If you're like most IFR pilots, you probably worry too much about the weather. IFR magazine contributing editor Dick Coffey explains why most of the time, a minimalist briefing that takes no more than five minutes is plenty. He also discusses when it's not. More

'128 Delta Papa, Oceanside's the Other Way!' »

After a ten-year hiatus from flying, San Diego-based Glenn Daly decided to get back into the air and study for his instrument rating. (He succeeded, and subsequently went on to earn his commercial and CFI, too.) This is Glenn's riotously funny retelling of his first actual IFR cross-country flight in Cherokee N128DP. While we don't want to spoil it for you by telling you too much, we will offer this caution: don't drink a glass of milk while reading this article, because things could get really messy. More