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Are You Ready For This IFR Cross-Country Flight?

Everyone wants to fly through the clouds, but instrument pilots need to know the rules inside and out before they go. Are you ready?


  1. 1) You call flight service and the briefer tells you there is an AIRMET TANGO along your route of flight. What weather would you expect?
    FAA.gov

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    Nice try. AIRMET Tango indicates light to moderate turbulence, or sustained surface winds of 30 knots or more.

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  2. 2) Your airplane's panel clock is not working, and it's been deferred under FAR 91.213. Can you still fly IFR?
    Maurizio Pucci

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    Nice try. FAR 91.205 (d) (6) requires a clock for instrument flight.

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  3. 3) You're on an IFR flight plan into the Syracuse International airport (Class C). Do you need to establish two-way radio communication with the control tower prior to entering Class C airspace?
    FUTURADOSMIL

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    Nice try. Since you are always in communication with ATC on an IFR flight plan, you do not need to establish two-way radio communication with the control tower prior to entering the Class C airspace. 

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  4. 4) You're flying the VOR approach to runway 15 in Syracuse. What is the lowest you can descent to (MSL) before you see the approach lights or runway environment?
    View KSYR VOR 15 Approach Chart

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    Nice try. You can descent to 880 feet MSL before you see the approach lights or runway environment.

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  5. 5) You've crossed the final approach fix inbound to runway 15. Are you currently left or right of course?

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    Nice try. You are currently right of course.

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  6. 6) You don't break out of the clouds at the missed approach point, and you need to execute a missed approach. What altitude do you initially climb to?
    View KSYR VOR 15 Approach Chart

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    Nice try. The initial missed approach altitude is 3100 feet MSL.

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  7. 7) On your second attempt of shooting the approach, you see the approach lights, but you don't see anything else. How low can you descend at this point?

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    Nice try. According to FAR 91.175, if you only see the approach light system, you can descend to 100 feet above the touchdown zone.

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Study up a little before your flight...

You scored %. Spend some more time in the right seat, study up on the FARs and you'll be shooting approaches like a pro in no time. Think you know more than your friends? Share this and find out!

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Well done. You could fly this cross-country any day of the week.

You scored % You know IFR rules inside and out, and when you look up 'PIC' in the dictionary, there's a picture of you. Now pass this on so everyone else can try.

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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