Instrument flying

How Low Can You Go?

2023-08-28T19:47:50-05:00August 28th, 2023|

You may think an instrument rating is only required when the conditions are IFR, but there are times when it is needed even in VFR weather.

How do I pick up my IFR clearance at a non-towered airport?

2022-12-27T19:38:40-06:00December 27th, 2022|

At some airports you may be able to reach ATC on the ground using the radio frequency listed for clearance delivery or approach control. Another option is to call clearance delivery directly on your phone. You can find the phone number for the overlying Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) listed in the Chart Supplement under in the communications section under “Clearance Delivery Phone.”  You can also pick up an IFR clearance after you are airborne, providing you remain VFR until you get your clearance.

What is RAIM prediction and when do I need to use it?

2022-08-14T18:44:00-05:00August 14th, 2022|

Receiver autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM) continuously monitors and compares signals from multiple satellites to ensure GPS signal accuracy. When you fly IFR using a non-WAAS GPS as your primary navigation system you are required to do a RAIM prediction check for your route before each flight. If RAIM is predicted to be unavailable, you must use other navigation systems or delay or cancel your flight.

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