The House of Rapp

To Pull or Not to Pull

Posted by in IFR, Instructing

Simulating partial panel used to be so easy: slap a cover over one or two of the instruments and let the fun begin! In an era of integrated glass panel avionics, however, it’s not always so simple. Take the G1000 for example. The FAA doesn’t like us pulling circuit breakers, so they ask instructors and examiners to use a method that’s far less realistic. That might be better for the electronics… but what about the pilot?

The Key to Good IFR: More VFR

Posted by in IFR, Safety

The most common landing procedure used by IFR airplanes is the visual approach. It’s fast, efficient, and simple. So why did the crew of Asiana 214 have such a hard time with it on a good clear day? Because quality IFR flying starts with a solid VFR background — and VFR flying is something ab initio pilots see very little of.

“Unable”: Your Ace in the Hole

Posted by in Aviation, IFR, Safety

Father may always know best, but air traffic controllers don’t. Yet 14 CFR 91.123 requires compliance with all ATC instructions. So when you’re asked to do something kooky, what do you do?

Circle-to-Land Complications

Posted by in Aviation, IFR, Safety

The FAA is adding new circling radii for some (but not all) approaches. Sounds good on paper, but I can foresee some unintended consequences that might not be too pleasant.

Climb/Descend Via

Posted by in Aviation, IFR

The FAA is introducing a new IFR instruction which will — in theory — make the system more efficient. But for it to work, pilots have to clearly understand the phraseology, meaning, and proper read-backs.