Intense Frontal IFR

I learned more in this one flight than any of all the IFR flights I’ve ever undertaken. A flight that pushes the limit of what one can do with the IR(R). If I am to pursue the venture that is the full IR(A) then I needed to push my capabilities and exercise the full privileges of my rating, safely and correctly.

Not only is the bar set even higher with the standard of flying, but the IFR flight planning is also more precise. This leads to more questions than answers, but eventually, it will all become clear. Many pilots will practice instrument flying and fly approaches from time to time, but having to fly in real IMC for almost 2 hours and various instrument approaches whilst being buffeted around in turbulence is a completely different ballgame.

It was probably one of the most rewarding flights I’ve ever undertaken because it had one ultimate question

  • 1) Do I continue to pursue the Instrument Rating
  • 2) Do I not have what it takes, and ultimately all that hard work for the theory going to waste.

Looking at the fax chart, it wasn’t an easy decision. Hours on hours ultimately preparing for this flight, downloading and printing charts, and ensuring the weather was safe enough for a NON-FIKI/NON-WXR-RADAR aircraft. I was always told never to cancel till on the day, unless beyond all doubt that the flight would not take place. The weather had improved overnight and there was no risk of CB’s or Embedded CB’s. Not even a mention of TCU for the duration of the flight in IMC.

Some of the key learning points during this flight;

  • Timing is key, ensure you are always on time for your slots/arrival time at the destination
  • Be prepared for every eventually, runways change and so do the weather conditions
  • Increase the checks throughout the flight such as BUFFPEAR, FATRED, WASP, and BUFF PEARL
  • Having agreed SOPs to follow (This comes in the Pre-ATO/ATO training)
  • If you are not doing something you have probably missed something

Oversight & YouTube –

I hope the route I am taking is going to make me a better pilot and to share with you all the new skills that I hope to learn. Whilst this will be a long road to having the Instrument Rating; I hope I can provide you with an oversight of my progression and as I develop my skillset and airmanship in exclusive videos on my YouTube channel. 

I hope to share with you guys in a unique editorial style with me breaking down thoroughly and honestly everything that went wrong from pre-flight, to landing to debrief, what I have learned from it and what steps I am putting in place to make me a safer pilot in the future.   I’ll be using the reference material above along with Standards Document 01 (A) to assist in my endeavors. 

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