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Online Scenarios That Build Confidence

There is no substitute for actual flying experience – pilots that train and fly regularly are typically confident and proficient. While we can’t put you in an airplane, we can do the next best thing by immersing you in the mental aspects of IFR flying.

IFR Mastery is a continuing series of online, scenario-based workshops. Each month, we provide a challenging real-world IFR scenario that tests your knowledge and hones your decision making skills.

It’s more than reading another article or watching another video. IFR Mastery delivers a powerful way to keep your head in the game and gain valuable experience from the comfort of your computer.

The best part of IFR Mastery is you will get maximum return for the time you invest! Because you are actively engaged, you will learn and retain the lessons in far less time. And because it’s fun, you will want to do it more often.

“When it comes to exercising IFR thinking, the program that I was most impressed with was the IFR Mastery Series from PilotWorkshops.”

“PilotWorkshop’s IFR Mastery Series hits a sweet-spot mix of material to do on your own schedule and interactively – especially if you spend time in the discussion groups.”

– IFR Magazine

A Focused Structure For Busy Pilots

IFR Mastery offers a structured approach that makes learning fun and highly effective. The scenarios follow a format that is simple and straight-forward.

Step 1 – Get a Quick Briefing

The first step is to watch a short video that sets the stage for your IFR scenario.

You will get a full briefing of the situation and a detailed explanation of all the factors you must consider.

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Step 2 – Evaluate Your Options

Here, you will further assess the situation and choose your course of action.

The resources are specific to each scenario and may include weather data, aircraft specific information, performance charts, IFR enroute charts, approach plates, airport information and other relevant data.

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Step 3 – Make Your Choice

You will be given a list of options for how to best manage the situation. Select your choice using a live polling feature on our website. This way, you can get instant feedback and compare your choice with other pilots.

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Step 4 – Learn From Instructors

After making your selection, you will watch the instructor’s analysis video and hear which option they chose.

They will provide step-by-step instruction for each scenario and offer a technically detailed explanation of their process for completing each flight.

These segments are full of tips and techniques!

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Step 5 – Visit The Hangar

This is our members-only discussion forum. After going through the workshops, you will enjoy spending time in the Hangar.

You can read the forum posts where pilots share a story or ask the instructors a question. There are lots of valuable discussions that come out of these scenarios and you are free to join them if you wish.

This is also the place where you can listen to the Roundtable Audio where all our instructors get together and further dissect each scenario.

Finally, you can access the monthly IFR Quiz to see how much you learned…and don’t forget to read the lively discussions that the quizzes are sure to instigate.

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“..a great learning tool for any pilot who wants a painless path to the experience typically gained by scar tissue.” – Edward S. from Florida

Meet The IFR Mastery Instructors

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Bob Nardiello was the “Flight Instructor of the Year” in 2004 and “FAA Safety Counselor of the Year” in 2006 for the Windsor Locks Flight Standards District Office. He has over 10,000 hours of total flight experience, with more than 7,000 hours as a Flight Instructor. He currently holds CFI, CFII, MEI, and ATP ratings and serves as a Designated Pilot Examiner. Bob is the Assistant Chief Flight Instructor at a Part 141 Flight School and is also a seasoned charter pilot flying a Cessna 421 and Citation Ultra.

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Wally Moran is a retired airline captain and spent much of his career as a training instructor and check airman on aircraft including the Boeing 747 and 767. He has held a flight instructor certificate for over 50 years. He is a Designated Pilot Examiner for airplanes and gliders and has given over 4000 hours of flight instruction in single engine, multiengine, gliders and seaplanes.

Wally has been awarded the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and is designated a Master CFI by the National Association of Flight Instructors.

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John Krug’s 27 years of experience as an Air Traffic Controller combined with his experience as an active flight instructor and charter pilot, allow him to assist pilots in gaining a better understanding of the ATC system and how to best operate in it. While with the FAA, he was an On-the-Job-Training Instructor for new controllers and worked as a Quality Assurance Specialist, responsible for conducting in-flight evaluations of the Air Traffic System and investigating accidents and incidents.

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Bob Martens is a nationally known speaker, consultant and aviation safety expert. He retired from the FAA after spending 17 years as a Safety Program Manager. In this role, he delivered hundreds of live seminars devoted to General Aviation safety. Bob retired from the USAF (rank of Colonel) in 2000 after 30 years of active and reserve duty. He was an Aircraft Commander in a C-5A and also served as Flying Safety Officer and Chief of Safety with the 439th AirWing. Bob has logged thousands of flight hours in both military and GA aircraft.

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Jeff Van West built a career as an aviation writer as the editor of “IFR Magazine” and co-editor of “Aviation Consumer”. His work has appeared in AOPA Pilot, Flight Training, AVweb and many other outlets. His books include “FSX for Real World Pilots” (co-authored with Kevin Lane-Cummings), which is still a top seller on simulator-based training, even eight years after its publication. He’s an experienced flight instructor, with certifications for single- and multi-engine airplanes, seaplanes, and gliders. Jeff was the creator of the first pilot transition programs for new Cirrus aircraft.

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Master CFI Tom Turner holds an ATP certificate with instructor, CFII and MEI ratings with a Masters Degree in Aviation Safety. He was the 2010 National FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year and the 2008 FAA Central Region CFI of the Year and has logged over 2,500 hours instructing. In 2015 Tom was inducted into the NAFI Instructor’s Hall of Fame.

Tom was a Captain in the United States Air Force and has been Lead Instructor for the Bonanza pilot training program at the Beechcraft factory. He now directs the education and safety arm of a 9000-member pilots’ organization.

Your IFR Mastery Membership Includes:

New Monthly Scenarios – receive unlimited, online access to all new scenarios every month. Includes scenario overview videos, resources and tools for additional analysis, live polling and detailed instructional videos. We email you when new scenarios are published.

Discussion Forum – unlimited online access to the “Hangar” (members-only discussion forum) where pilots discuss and debate the scenarios. You can join these discussions any time, or ask our instructors a question. Some of the best learning occurs in the forums.

Roundtable Audios – we get all our instructors together and open the microphones. They share personal experiences and additional, detailed observations on the scenarios. Downloadable MP3 audio.

Monthly IFR Quizzes – prepare to be challenged! These quizzes are short but will really test your knowledge. You will get feedback on all answers to reinforce your understanding of the topics. We email you when each new quiz is published.

WINGS Credit – receive 3 WINGS credits for every completed IFR Mastery scenario. We’ve issued credit for thousands of completed IFR Mastery workshops! Fill out a 3-field form on our website and we’ll do the rest to make sure your credit is issued by the FAA Safety Team.

Sign Up Today And We Will Waive The $199 New Member Charge & Give You Instant Access To The 75 Scenarios Below.

The $199 new member charge covers the value of all the monthly IFR Mastery scenarios we have previously published on our website. With this offer, you’ll get access to all these scenarios for no additional cost.

Approach

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Hanging Out Over Groton
Bob Martens

It’s a dark and chilly autumn night and you’ve got your family in the back as you’re faced with a dilemma: Accept a few minutes flying low and over the water on approach, or divert only for fear of something so unlikely, it’s hardly ever considered.

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Phantom Aircraft At Erie
Mark Kolber

After a challenging series of practice approaches, you return to your home airport to find that winds and traffic seem completely different than your iPad information or the last hour of flying had you expect. In fact, it seems aircraft are popping up out of nowhere, busting VFR weather minimums, and landing the wrong way. What now?

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The Tower At Santa Maria
John Krug

It’s a crystal clear night as you descend for Santa Maria, CA on an IFR flight plan. You’re feeling secure and ahead of the airplane until ATC throws you a curveball that puts even your basic safety into question. How can this be?

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Maintaining Personal Minimums
Wally Moran

Since getting your instrument rating, you’ve been steadily honing your skills–and lowering your personal minimums. Now you’re faced with an approach that’s below your current personal minimums, but above the minimums you were planning on going to. Will you give yourself a “field promotion”?

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The Hills Around Sydney

Wally Moran

Modern avionics improve safety with both advanced guidance and built-in warnings. What do you do when the guidance says you’re spot-on and safe but the warning says you’d better change plans and fast? This approach to Sidney, NY has you stumped and you have only seconds to figure it out.

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Disappearing In The Fog

Tom Turner

You get a chance to ferry a plane for your local FBO and build up some free flight hours. The VFR flight goes well until you approach the destination airport and see that fog is rapidly closing in. You have several “legal” options that will allow you to complete this flight. However, which one is the safest option in this situation?

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A Dizzying Approach

Bob Martens

It sounded like a perfect flight for building your IFR confidence: 1000-foot ceilings and stable clouds, a mission to bring your daughter home from a big, commercial airport to your home town, and your regular instructor on board to make sure it all worked out. Except it didn’t work out that way. Your instructor is doing a charter instead and you’re on approach in IMC with your daughter up front–and the instrument indications don’t make sense. There’s no time to lose in making your next move. What will you do?

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A Different Kind Of Approach

Wally Moran

Not everyone can afford a glass panel in their aircraft, but the iPad revolution means anyone can have a moving map and backup attitude indicator for less money than a new TV. Having that backup is one thing, but using it to replace the installed equipment is something else. What would you do when faced with exactly that need?

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Getting Into Greenville

John Krug

It’s a rare day when dozens of VFR aircraft complicate an instrument approach to minimums, but that’s exactly what’s happening as you try to visit the Greenville International Seaplane Fly-In. Is there a way to end this flight safely, or is it simply time to call it quits? The decision is up to you.

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Approach to Minimums at Danbury

Bob Martens

Non-precision approaches can be very challenging, especially when the weather is at or near minimums. The risk increases further when the airport you are flying to is surrounded by terrain in all quadrants, demanding strict adherence to the published approach and missed approach procedures. Add to that a new, high performance airplane you are transitioning into and a wet runway and the ingredients are in place for a challenging scenario. See how well you do.

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Localizer Outage at Nantucket

John Krug

During the final segments of an instrument approach, the workload is highest for the pilot. This is the worst place for an unexpected equipment failure! Ride along on this scenario based on a real situation. As you will see, it is best to consider these situations ahead of time so you can execute properly under pressure when the stuff hits the fan.

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Fog Over Georgia

Wally Moran

This scenario introduces a number of risk factors. You have a new glass panel airplane that will enhance your IFR flying, but you are not Instrument current or proficient using the new equipment. You are planning an important business trip in the new airplane but are concerned you may have to file IFR. A local CFII whom you’ve never flown with offers to make the trip with you. Add in some pressure to get there with challenging weather conditions and you have the recipe for an interesting scenario.

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Circling Approach In Michigan

Bob Martens

In this scenario, you are maneuvering your airplane to the landing runway during the final stages of a circling approach. Add low weather conditions, passengers and a few other minor distractions to the mix and the risk is quickly cranked up on this relatively straight-forward maneuver. Our instructors discuss the unique challenges that you must manage when executing a circling approach.

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Localizer Approach At Suffolk

Wally Moran

Advanced avionics in modern light airplanes should be a pilot’s best friend. They can reduce workload and offer pilots an invaluable level of situational awareness. HOWEVER, if a pilot does not have a complete understanding of how to operate their equipment, a simple mistake can lead to big trouble. Here, our scenario pilot missed ONE button push, but it was enough to get her confused and behind the airplane.

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Confusion At Charleston Executive

Bob Nardiello

Pilots must be prepared to tell a controller “unable” any time they are asked to do something that is beyond their personal capability or comfort level. At the same time, we all want to fit in with the flow of traffic and help ATC out where we can — especially when flying IFR. This month, our scenario pilot is issued a common clearance that causes some confusion. How would you handle this situation?

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Circling Approach Vs Tailwind

Bob Nardiello

This workshop helps you decide which approach to fly when the choice is not so obvious, and each choice has unique challenges associated with it. This is a real world situation and your evaluation and decision making can make the difference between an uneventful approach or a potentially hazardous one.

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Super Bowl Arrival

Wally Moran and John Krug

A great opportunity comes your way when you are offered Super Bowl tickets on the morning of the big game. Luckily, you own your own airplane so you can take advantage of this opportunity and fly yourself and a friend to Dallas in plenty of time to make the kickoff. Everything is perfect, except for the weather in the Dallas area. If you are to make it in for the game, you will have your hands full during the final stages of the flight and will need to make a difficult decision. See you at the game?

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Night Approach To Minimums

Bob Martens

This scenario introduces a host of potential challenges that instrument pilots face when flying single pilot operations. After a long cross country trip, you are faced with the prospect of making an approach to minimums with deteriorating weather and strong turbulence. To make matters worse, you are attempting the approach at night after a long day of flying. This sets up many potential hazards that must be managed properly in order to guarantee a safe outcome.

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Approach To Mena

Bob Nardiello

In non-radar environments, it is up to the pilot in command to fly an instrument approach legally, safely and efficiently without the assistance and protection that ATC provides. This can be especially challenging since most of our approaches are flown with ATC’s assistance and when we need to fly an approach in non-radar environments, we may not be as proficient as we need to be. This scenario provides an opportunity to test your readiness to fly a challenging non-radar approach in low conditions. See if you are up to the challenge.

Departure

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Wilderness Trip

Wally Moran

In this scenario, you and your friends are loaded into your airplane, eager to get home after a long weekend away. When starting the airplane you discover what appears to be a minor problem…or is it? After a bit of trouble shooting, the problem appears to be resolved. Now, do you depart for home assuming everything will work fine, or taxi back to the ramp, cancel the flight and disappoint your passengers? You make the call.

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Departure At Northampton

Bob Martens

IFR Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, but all take on added urgency when you are operating in the clouds. This month, you are faced with an emergency shortly after takeoff when entering IMC. Your options aren’t great, but if you choose wisely you will greatly increase your chances of survival.

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Granite State ODP

John Krug

Obstacle Departure Procedures are often misunderstood, but are a critical procedure that Instrument pilots must be prepared to fly. ODPs may require pre-planning, as is the case in this month’s scenario. Fly along with our scenario pilot and see why a thorough knowledge of ODPs is so important.

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Am I Safe?

Bob Martens

Most pilots are comfortable preflighting their airplane and making sound decisions as to its airworthiness, but we often fail to evaluate the most important piece of equipment in the airplane…the pilot! In this scenario, you are faced with a common situation that requires serious self-analysis and sound decision making. See how well you do.

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Night VFR Departure

Bob Nardiello
Obstacle Departure Procedures are often misunderstood, but are a critical procedure that Instrument pilots must be prepared to fly. ODPs may require pre-planning, as is the case in this month’s scenario. Fly along with our scenario pilot and see why a thorough knowledge of ODPs is so important.

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North Adams Departure

Bob Martens

In this scenario, you are departing a non-towered airport before dawn into a non-radar environment. This is a challenging departure which requires accurate planning and solid execution at an hour when you should still be in bed. The scenario is based on a real, fatal accident and could have easily been prevented. Don’t miss the roundtable discussion where our instructors explain the steps that should have been taken to avoid this tragic ending.

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Charleston Takeoff

Wally Moran

You are flying your family to Orlando, Florida so your daughter can fulfill her lifelong dream and “swim with the dolphins” at SeaWorld. Because of a few weather delays, you are up against it and need to depart immediately in order to make it there for your reserved time. Although the weather is challenging, the departure is doable as long as everything goes smoothly. Unfortunately, it doesn’t and now you’ve put your family in a potentially dangerous situation. Lots of good discussion points to chew on in this one.

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Night Takeoff at PDX

John Krug

This month’s workshop is a little different from the previous ones. It addresses a critical part of Instrument flying (and VFR flying) that is often overlooked. Ride along and discover how something that seems so easy can actually overload pilots of all skill and experience levels. John Krug offers a unique perspective and valuable lessons on this important issue.

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Van Nuys SID Departure

John Krug & Bob Nardiello

This scenario requires a departure from an airport that has published standard instrument departure (SID) routes. Although a SID will keep aircraft away from terrain, it is optimized for ATC route of flight and will not always provide the lowest climb gradient. Test your ability to analyze all available departure options and choose the best one in challenging conditions!

Navigation

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Which Way To Winnemucca
Jeff Van West

Who thought a busted heater could create an IFR dilemma? But that’s exactly what’s happens with your family high over the western mountains in IMC. You have few options and none are ideal. What will you choose?

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An Off-Airway Dilemma

Bob Nardiello

It’s been a long week away on business followed by a long flight home. Now less than 100 miles shy of your weekend, with icing above and low IFR below, you’ve lost your primary guidance instrument right when you need it most. Or did you? See if you can finish this flight at least close to your original plans.

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Charts At The Ready

John Krug

iPads and other EFB devices have become increasingly popular in the cockpit with the incredible situational awareness and detailed information they provide. In this scenario, you are on an IFR flight you make frequently, but this time something goes wrong. Does your iPad help you or hurt you in this situation?

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Night VFR Flight

Bob Nardiello

You’ve done the flight from your weekend getaway house back to your real home often enough to call it a milk run, even at night. It’s simply a matter of following the highway through the valley from one familiar airport to another–until the airport, the valley, and the hills are no longer in sight! You’re IFR capable and current. Is IFR the right choice, or would that only make things worse? The clock is ticking and the hills are out there … somewhere.

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Snowplows On The Runway

John Krug

Sometimes, the best laid plans are subject to change when flying IFR. Even with careful preparation and planning, you just might be thrown a curve ball during an IFR flight that will require you to rely on your knowledge and experience in the system. In this scenario, our pilot has to suddenly change his planned approach to accommodate a snowplow on the runway. See how you would you handle this situation.

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Diversion Decision

Wally Moran

It’s not unusual for an instrument flight to present challenges that we couldn’t have predicted before departure. Let’s face it, stuff happens! However, we can reduce some risks by making good decisions on the ground before we depart, while other risks come up in-flight and must be managed real-time. This scenario provides the opportunity to work on both of those critical decision making skills.

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Martha’s Vineyard Accident

Bob Martens

Having a highly capable airplane and an Instrument rating opens up a world of new possibilities. In this scenario, you use your airplane to travel to your vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard island. You are highly experienced, have made this trip dozens of times and fly a very capable airplane. While these factors should work in your favor, they can also stack the deck against you in the right circumstances. This scenario raises some important topics.

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Night Visual Approach to KPMP

Bob Nardiello

A visual approach can be a valuable tool for both the pilot and the ATC system. It can expedite traffic and save fuel while retaining an IFR clearance. However, visual approaches are not without risk. In this scenario, the weather is good VFR; it is a familiar airplane and familiar airspace. How then, did our scenario pilot almost fly a perfectly functioning airplane into the ground under good weather conditions? Ride along and see how you would handle this critical situation.

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Canadian Overflight

John Krug

This month, you and a friend are flying to Wisconsin to join a few hundred thousand fellow aviators for a week of airplanes, sun and brats. Your planned route from the East Coast was to fly the south side of Lake Erie, however because of weather in the area you decide to take the northern route over Canadian Airspace. This should not be a problem, however due to an unexpected issue with your airplane – this decision comes with additional consequences.

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GPS Loss Near Rutland

Wally Moran

The advancement of modern GPS units has had a remarkable and positive impact on pilots who fly IFR in General Aviation airplanes. This technology opens up many new options for IFR pilots in terms of navigation and approaches into airports. In addition, GPS can provide an enhanced level of situational awareness and these units have proven to be extremely reliable over time. However…GPS units and satellite transmissions can and do fail. Yet because they are so reliable, we don’t often consider how a failure will impact a typical IFR flight. Even a partial loss of your GPS unit can have a significant impact, here’s your chance to experience it first-hand.

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IFR Reroute To Kinston

John Krug

As every experienced Instrument pilot knows…you don’t always get what you filed! In this scenario, you must evaluate several reroute options from ATC in the highly congested NY airspace. The challenge here is not only to accept a new route, but also to quickly familiarize yourself with the risks that a new route poses and determine if it exceeds your personal minimums and comfort level. IFR flying is all about managing risk and adapting to changing conditions. This scenario will test your ability to manage these critical factors.

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Headwinds To St. Louis

Bob Nardiello

This scenario starts with a fairly routine 3 hour IFR flight to attend a family reunion in St. Louis. Your flight plan shows that you should arrive in plenty of time to attend the reunion and also avoid weather that is moving into the St. Louis area later that evening. The flight is uneventful, but as you proceed along you closely monitor your progress and notice that something isn’t quite right. You’ll need to evaluate the current situation and decide if a change in your flight plan is warranted.

Severe Weather

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Yellow’s Not That Bad
Tom Turner

Heading home from a weekend in Vegas, you and two friends face a wall of yellow-colored radar returns on your cockpit display. Is continuing on a good bet or a dangerous gamble?

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Ice Fishing In A Mooney

Bob Nardiello

Thirty seconds in the clouds turns a short practice flight into a serious emergency. Now what will you do to salvage the situation and get safely on the ground a scant 3000 feet away?

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Cold Reception In The US

Jeff Van West

After a wedding weekend in Canada, you’re hopping south across the border to get home to Seattle, Washington. The only catch is that potentially sub-freezing clouds stand between you and your appointment with U.S. Customs and Immigration. If you go through, there might be trouble with one branch of the government, and if you don’t there might be trouble with another branch. What will you do?

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Quick Decision Needed

Wally Moran

You’re the pilot of a well-equipped Cirrus SR22, complete with weeping-wing anti-icing. It’s a seriously capable airplane, but ice caught you by surprise and isn’t shedding as you would expect. You’re over unfriendly terrain and need to make some choices quickly. What will your decision be?

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Who’s In Charge?

John Krug

What happens when 2 pilots disagree about how to proceed with a flight? One wishes to divert while the other, more experienced pilot is adamant about pressing on. This scenario will put your CRM skills to the test. Find out the best way to resolve this conflict in the cockpit.

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Foggy Night At Bridgeport

Bob Martens

Fog can be a killer, especially after the sun goes down. In this scenario a pilot was returning to his home airport just after dark, when he noticed an area of patchy ground fog near the landing runway. This kind of situation can be dangerous, depending on the severity of the fog and the pilot’s response to it. Ride along with our scenario pilot and decide whether to continue this approach or choose another option.

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Icing Encounter Over West Virginia

Bob Martens

This month’s scenario will test your tolerance for risk when flying near areas of forecasted icing conditions. You are “on top” cruising along in the clear, but below you is a widespread cloud layer containing areas of forecasted icing. As you continue along your intended route, the weather conditions you encounter are not consistent with the forecast and the situation deteriorates to the point where you need to make a decision now. Test your decision-making skills in this critical area of IFR flying.

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Thunderstorm over Western PA

Bob Nardiello

Anytime thunderstorms are in the forecast, pilots should proceed with extreme caution. In this scenario, the pilot was painted into a dangerous corner when his equipment was telling him one thing, while his eyeballs told another story. It happens! As you will see, it’s easy to get into trouble when you are operating near a line of thunderstorms. Finding your way out of this one will help you to never get there in the first place.

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Bad Weather At Little Rock

Wally Moran

In this scenario, you get an urgent call from a friend whose wife and daughter have been involved in an automobile accident hundreds of miles away. He asks if you can fly him to an airport near the hospital right away so he can be with his family. Unfortunately, thunderstorms may impact your route of flight, so you must balance safety with your friend’s urgent need to “get there now”. See how you would weigh the risk factors on this flight.

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Icing Near Worcester

Bob Nardiello

In this scenario, you are helping a friend who is a VFR-only pilot get his airplane back to his home airport in deteriorating weather conditions. This is a piece of cake for you…a short trip you should be able to complete in reasonable weather in a well-equipped airplane. All goes as planned until you run into unexpected conditions shortly after departure. Suddenly, a safe outcome to this flight is in question and your immediate actions will determine whether it ends well or tragically. Take the left seat on this challenging ride and see if you make the right decisions.

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Thunderstorms To Nashville

Wally Moran

All instrument pilots should know to avoid thunderstorms, however they still pose a serious threat given their dynamic nature and associated hazards (wind shear, turbulence, micro-bursts, hail, etc.). In this scenario, you will make a cross-country flight where lines of thunderstorms along your route will significantly impact your plans. You must evaluate several options and decide on the safest route around this severe weather. Depending on which option you choose, you may also be required to do some tactical, in-flight planning which will only add to the fun!

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Unexpected Icing Over Oregon

Wally Moran & John Krug

Unexpected icing encounters are always a threat to IFR pilots and can lead to an immediate emergency situation if not handled properly. This workshop will test your decision making when you encounter ice along your route that was not in the weather forecast. Your immediate reaction will be critical to ensuring a safe outcome. See how you will manage this situation.

Emergency

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An Escalating Gear Issue

Tom Turner

Getting your whole family and a week’s worth of gear to the Gulf means flying a loaded Beech Baron near the limit of its fuel range. That’s not a problem until your landing gear decides to take its own holiday right as you approach the final approach fix. Now what?

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The Real Best Glide

Wally Moran

We all tell ourselves that if we had an engine failure in IMC, we’d simply head for the nearest airport. However, what seems nearest isn’t always the best choice – or even the airport we’re most likely to make. What would you do with an engine failure in flight levels where strong winds are a factor?

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Cheap Fuel At Logan County

Wally Moran

Sometimes, pilots get a little lazy with their preflight planning. It’s human nature…we make so many flights with no issues that a little complacency can creep in. The flight in this scenario isn’t dangerous, yet a simple lack of planning put our scenario pilot in a serious jam. Ride along so you can avoid this needless mistake.

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When The Glass Breaks

Bob Nardiello

With the growth of glass panel technology in GA airplanes, flight instructors have been forced to adapt their training to address the specific nuances and behavior of this equipment. In this scenario, our pilot is working on his IPC when the instructor throws a simple failure at him. Unfortunately, this simulated emergency quickly became a real one because the instructor lacked in-depth knowledge of the equipment. Good lessons for all who fly with glass cockpit.

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Unwanted Adventure Over The Rockies

Bob Nardiello

Pilots who regularly fly GA airplanes at higher altitudes know that it presents some unique challenges that must be accounted for. This includes additional preflight items as well as procedures and operations during the enroute portion of a flight. Ride along on this trip across the Rockies and you will see first-hand how extra planning and attention to detail are critical when flying at these higher altitudes.

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Mechanical Trouble Near Millville

John Krug

You are planning the “trip of a lifetime” to the Bahamas with your family. First though, you need to have a few maintenance items taken care of by your local A&P before the long flight. The day before the trip, you pick up the airplane from the maintenance shop and return it to your home airport. It’s a simple, 20 minute flight – what can go wrong? Think your way through this difficult situation.

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Scary Discovery Near San Francisco

Wally Moran

In this scenario, you are motoring along at cruise altitude over the San Francisco Bay area when you make an alarming discovery. You have a problem with your airplane that could be a minor inconvenience or a full-blown emergency situation. Learn how to evaluate this potential problem in-flight and take the necessary actions that will give you the best possible outcome.

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A Serious Attitude Issue

Bob Martens

As Instrument pilots, we are dependent on technology and cockpit automation to keep us out of trouble. This equipment can be a blessing since it reduces our workload and helps us fly Single Pilot IFR safely in the soup. It can also be a curse, especially if we are too reliant on it. Ride along with our scenario pilot and see how a small technology glitch almost pushed him over the edge in an instant.

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Medical Emergency Over New Mexico

John Krug

Medical emergencies are always a source of concern in aviation, but they take on added significance in IMC. In this scenario, you are responsible for tending to a sick passenger, making a plan to get them on the ground quickly and then executing an instrument letdown, approach and landing. If it sounds like a lot of responsibility…it is! But this is all part of being the “Pilot in Command”. See how you handle this challenging scenario.

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Electrical Failure Over Iowa

Wally Moran

Every good pilot should play the “what if” game and think through the process for managing common IFR emergencies. Well, here’s your chance to experience a simulated emergency situation. Electrical failures require an immediate reaction and sound decision making to guarantee a safe and uneventful outcome. Choosing the best place to land is important, but also how you manage the flight to your chosen landing location is equally (if not more) important. There’s a lot to manage in this situation…see how you do.

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Partial Panel Emergency

Bob Nardiello & Wally Moran

This workshop addresses a situation that scares the pants off of most IFR pilots – losing critical instruments in IMC! The scenario focuses on a vacuum failure that leads to an emergency diversion and partial panel approach. While many pilots fly airplanes equipped with glass cockpit or redundant systems, the process of managing emergency situations is universal. This workshop provides you with an opportunity to determine how you would handle any emergency that requires an immediate diversion in IMC.

Communication

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Getting Out Of Houston
John Krug

Even though you are instrument rated and current, a trip to a big city airport throws you a curve.

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PIC Of The Right Seat
Jeff Van West
A friend wants to practice for his instrument checkride in actual IMC, so he asks if you’ll file IFR in your name and fly right seat. You’re not an instructor, although you’re quite current and proficient. Will you do it?

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To Turn Or Not To Turn

Bob Martens

When the frequency gets busy and ATC can’t talk fast enough, it can seem like you’ve been forgotten–and perhaps you have. How far will you let this situation deteriorate before you take preemptive action even though it may be in direct violation of an ATC clearance?

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Confusion In Silicon Valley

Bob Martens

We commonly think of ATC as our partner in the cockpit, especially when we fly alone. Yet ATC is as fallible as any other human resource, and can spark confusion at the worst possible moment. What will you do when you have moments to decide if following the clearance as issued will lead to salvation or disaster?

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Three Hops To Oshkosh

Jeff Van West

You and three pilot friends have been planning this trip to Oshkosh since last year. The first leg to Buffalo went flawlessly, but now you must negotiate your way through a line of dangerously strong thunderstorms and you can’t get the routing you think is safe. What’s your plan?

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Cloud Surfing

John Krug

Many IFR flights (especially in marginal weather) require the pilot to continually monitor conditions along the route and adjust the flight as needed. In this scenario, our pilot is faced with a difficult decision. While there is no imminent threat – he must balance the comfort, length and safety of the flight while reworking his plan. Ride along and see how you would weigh these risk factors.

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An Easy IFR Training Day

Wally Moran

You and your flying club buddy, Ted, head out to do some practice instrument approaches to maintain your IFR currency. Ted is a retired professional pilot and your flying mentor. You enjoy practicing instrument approaches and learning from him, but today you are forced into a difficult situation that you must resolve without Ted’s help. See if you are up to this challenge.

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Trouble Near Palomar

John Krug

Most pilots have experienced frequency congestion on the radio where it becomes difficult to communicate with ATC. If you’re flying VFR, it may not be a big deal. But when you are on an IFR flight plan and approaching a critical segment of the flight, frequency congestion can turn from inconvenient to downright dangerous. This scenario is based on a real accident report and deals with a common problem that can lead to big trouble if not managed properly.

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Hanscom STAR

Bob Nardiello

In this scenario, the pilot has recently stepped up to a faster airplane that is capable of flying at higher altitudes. Even though he received transition training to build his operating proficiency in the new airplane, he discovered a significant gap in his IFR knowledge while on a routine flight at higher altitudes. We will review the procedure this pilot should have known before he departed to avoid a difficult situation.

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North Country Approach

John Krug

Flying instrument approaches to remote airports can present unique challenges. See how this approach to a backwoods airport went from straight-forward to highly challenging in the blink of an eye. We will explore this potential IFR trap and provide solutions to reduce your risk in this type of operation.

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Vectors To New Haven

Bob Martens

This trip starts with a short flight home from Nantucket Island Massachusetts with your wife and 2 friends. The flight is uneventful until the final stages when you will face challenging night IFR conditions, a potential circle to land approach and multiple rapid fire heading changes from ATC. Your ability to make sound decisions and execute under pressure will be called upon in this scenario. See how well you do.

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Lost Comm At Teterboro

Bob Nardiello

Most pilots have experienced frequency congestion on the radio where it becomes difficult to communicate with ATC. If you’re flying VFR, it may not be a big deal. But when you are on an IFR flight plan and approaching a critical segment of the flight, frequency congestion can turn from inconvenient to downright dangerous. This scenario is based on a real accident report and deals with a common problem that can lead to big trouble if not managed properly.

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