IFR in the clouds
Started IFR training a couple weeks ago. Today we flew from KPTD to N89 which is in NY right in the clouds most of the way, How do you do you do it? I was ok for awhile but really screwed up when I deverted my scan to change freq on the radios, I did it but with great over seeing buy my CFI, I was beat after our flight. Does it get better???
(OLD joke, sorry).
There is a reason the FAA mandates the same amount of time to get your PPL as an instrument rating.
> There is a reason the FAA mandates the same amount
> of time to get your PPL as an instrument rating.
.. AND a reason why the FAA makes you have a certain amount of practice every six months! Instrument proficiency takes real work to achieve and keep.
Ductman, it does get better. I went through the same stage during training: "I'm going to kill myself if you turn me loose with this!" You are fortunate to have an instructor who takes you up in actual. With practice, though, you'll get to the point where you are confident doing everything in the PTS.
I also suggest Rod Machado's "Instrument Pilot's Survival Manual." This one goes beyond just basic instruction and gives you things to think about that affect real instrument flight.
One more thing. I consider an autpilot necessary on long IFR flights. If you have trouble keeping things right side up changeing freqs wait 'til you have to look for an obcsure intersection on a chart. You'll be doing aerobatics before you find it.
Just my 2 cents. Good luck.
Does it get better???
Just curious, how much time was spent on basic maneuvers and scanning exercises in an instrument trainer or under the hood before you started the cross country phase after those first two weeks?
> I truly had the checkride from hell... winds were
> 20 kts gusting to 30. He asked if I wanted to
> postpone the checkride, but I was all about hey we
> are both here, let's do it.
I think you should have listened to the examiners suggestion.
He let me fly around for about 10 minutes trying to get it all figured out. Even tried to give me a few hints to get me back on track. But in the end he just decided to call it a day and then we went back and talked about strategy for how to capture and hold in that situation. So it was a good learning experience, if emotionally (and financially) upsetting. I think it cost me $100 to retake the test, the sum total of which was to go out and hold on that same damn VOR.
Instrument training and flying today is a far cry from the "ancient times" when all you had was an altimeter, airspeed indicator, a turn and bank indicator and a compass. It shouldn't be harder today than it actually is.
Navigation was visually or with your ears in IMC. How lucky we are to have artificial horizons, CDI's and GPS courses to follow today.
Navigating with your ears: