I started training for my instrument rating way back in 1990. I remember not being all that enthusiastic about it. For sure it was something I knew I needed to accomplish in order to be a professional pilot but the thought of droning along for hours on end with nothing to look at but the inside of a cloud seemed really boring. One of the things I really enjoyed about flying was looking at the ground and watching new scenery unfold as I flew along. Little did I realize that the time spent in actual instrument conditions (flying inside a cloud) would be pretty limited. In fact, out of the 8000 hours I have accumulated as a pilot of an aircraft, only 400 are logged as actual. That’s only 5%…

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