In this unique and instructive book, veteran IFR pilot Richard L. Collins takes the right seat beside Patrick E. Bradley to demonstrate effective ways to grasp and solve IFR problems and eliminate uncertainties that may plague even current IFR airmen. Bradley, a relatively new IFR pilot, discusses the concerns and errors he has shared with most instrument fliers who are new or rusty. Collins then applies his own experiences and methods, including some lessons learned the hard way, and carefully examines airline and general aviation accidents to point out how threatening situations can be avoided or safely confronted.
IFR is a thinking game, and the authors emphasize ways of avoiding mental lapses that can turn simple difficulties into lethal crises:
--Making sure you’re fuel-safe when your destination is at minimums.
--Recognizing and thinking through the dangers of nighttime and circling approaches.
--Shifting strategies and tactics when the winds aloft misbehave.
--Avoiding the traps of the missed approach: before, during, and after.
--Choosing right when you’re number one for takeoff and a thunderstorm is approaching the field.
--Staying on top of equipment needs, quirks, and failures.
About the Author
Richard L. Collins is editor-at-large of Flying magazine and served as publisher and editor-in-chief of AOPA Pilot. He has won several aviation awards including a Congressional Commendation. He lives in Ijamsville, Maryland. Patrick F. Bradley is an attorney with the aviation section of the Department of Justice and an active pilot. He lives in Skillman, New Jersey.