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June 10, 2013

IFR Fix: ‘One vicious bundle’

If a VFR pilot’s worst nightmare is to blunder into solid clouds, armed only with basic instrument flying skills, a similarly scary scenario awaits the instrument pilot who bets on sneaking through a stormy sector, and loses.

Some pilots, flying aircraft fortified with information technology and systems, have become emboldened to push into conditions they wouldn’t challenge in a less-capable aircraft, completely missing the point that their new equipment was not intended as a dare.

Others taunt the tiger by flying uninformed into areas where convective activity is developing, figuring on squeezing between the most diminutive-looking cells.

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