Instrument Flight

IFR On The Fly »

Getting a clearance without filing is easy when ATC cooperates. They will if you’re professional about it. More

More Instrument Flight Articles

Judgment Day »

No, it's not your relationship with your maker—but some serious thoughts on improving the ability to make better decisions in the cockpit. More

This Way or That-a-Way »

There’s a bit more nuance to ATC vectors than just saying, “Turn left.” There are many ways can a controller steer you around the sky, and... More

Real-World Alternates »

You may not have to file for one, but having a Plan B—and enough gas to implement it—requires some planning. More

Achieve Higher IFR Proficiency »

Flying instruments can be more enjoyable and less stressful if you renew some basic skills. More

The Contact Approach »

An often misunderstood outlier of IFR flight, the contact approach can be useful in certain, carefully selected situations. More

Spring Patterns »

Though pilots see a lot of weather maps, the playbook of what all these spring patterns mean and where they’re going is not often explained. So,... More