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Instrument flight rules (IFR) are a set of regulations governing aircraft operations. IFR permits flying and navigating by instruments alone in conditions where there is no visual reference outside the aircraft.

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A seasoned pilot told me the other day that if the vacuum system fails while on final approach leaving the Attitude Indicator (AI) inop, the pilot must use localizer minimums even with both glideslope …
asked Jul 20 '16 by Greg Bacon
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Above Victor airway 154 on the IFR enroute low altitude chart, there is a grey zigzag line between Dublin VORTAC and LOTTS intersection. What does the gray zigzag over the segment indicate? Credit …
asked May 18 '16 by Greg Bacon
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For an IFR currency flight in a high-performance and/or complex airplane where the pilot flying has all the appropriate ratings and endorsements to be PIC, does another pilot with strictly a private A …
asked Apr 5 '16 by Greg Bacon
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At what point is a pilot considered to have accepted an clearance or instruction? Upon simple acknowledgement (e.g., Roger or Wilco), any readback, correct readback, or something else?
asked Apr 23 '16 by Greg Bacon
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Say a pilot plans to make a cross country flight along Victor airways, but under VFR. Depending on workload and communication effectiveness along the way, our hero may provide the planned fairly compl …
asked Jan 28 '16 by Greg Bacon
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Approach plates include frequencies in the order that pilots will require them, reading from left to right. The example below from McClellan-Palomar’s ILS or localizer/DME approach to runway 24 is a …
asked Mar 21 '16 by Greg Bacon
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FAR 61.129 several times uses the phrase “night VFR conditions.” Does this mean strictly flights conducted under VFR at night, or does it include night flights conducted under IFR but in VMC?
asked Dec 28 '18 by Greg Bacon