There's nothing wrong with flying in the clouds, just get your instrument rating first. It's one of the best and safest things you can do as a pilot. Become a better pilot. Subscribe to get the latest videos, articles, and quizzes that make you a smarter, safer pilot. 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, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems.
Inadvertent VFR Flight Into IMC
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That reported five-mile visibility looks more like two and you cannot judge the height of the overcast. You find yourself unconsciously easing back just a bit on the controls to clear those none- too-imaginary towers. With no warning, you are in the soup. Where had this video come from? I started doing research. The objective of the experiment was to see if 20 non-instrument-rated pilot subjects could be taught a technique for making a degree turn and controlled descent in instrument meteorological conditions. In order to document the progress of the subjects, there had to be a baseline established for the abilities of each at the beginning of the project.
As part of the training required for a Sport or Private pilot certificate, learners must learn the best courses of action and skills necessary to keep the airplane under positive control after an inadvertent entry into instrument meteorological conditions IMC. This lesson emphasizes preflight preparation to avoid inadvertent entry into marginal or IFR weather conditions and the emergency actions that should be taken if such conditions are encountered. The primary goal is not to learn precision instrument flying; rather, it is to help VFR pilots keep the airplane under adequate control until suitable visual references are regained.
While there are many factors and influences that can cause pilots trouble in flight, weather is one of the most pervasive and prominent. And, of course, in order to have a good plan for prevention, we need to better understand the phenomenon. Of particular interest has been the relationship between flight time and accident occurrence, as well as between pilot certification and accident occurrence. Evidence supports the fact that pilots with low flight time less than hours are involved in nearly half of all general aviation accidents.