Author: Jen Boyer

New IFR Currency Rules Effective Nov. 26

A big change to IFR currency regulations takes effect Nov. 26, 2018. It’s the second of two regulatory revisions making it easier for instrument-rated pilots to maintain their IFR currency by using aviation training devices (ATD). This newest regulation effectively allows pilots to use an ATD to maintain IFR currency.  An ATD is a device… Read more »

You Are the PIC

Flight planning

The latest ATIS report at Boeing Field shows surface winds of 170 at 12 knots with gusts to 18 knots. As PIC, should you fly or cancel a scheduled reservation and disappoint your passengers who are anticipating a scenic day trip to the San Juan Islands?  Suppose the ATIS at BFI and AWOS reports at… Read more »

Boring Is The New Exciting

pilot and plane

Trying something new on for size can produce surprising results.   When many pilots get home from a trip they’re asked how their flights went. We like being able to respond with, “boring and uneventful.” Rest assured our love for flight is not fading, but an appreciation for a routine flight is not only a… Read more »

IFR Lost Communications

lost communications

FAA regulations don’t tell you everything you need to know to handle every situation, including IFR lost communications. Often you have to look beyond the rules for guidance. The rules for lost communications while operating IFR are specific and detailed, but they don’t tell the whole story. Here’s some Galvin CFII Bruce Williams shares some… Read more »

Seafair TFRs Coming Next Week

It’s that time of year again, when the Blue Angels light up the sky for Seafair and the FAA protects the airspace with Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs). There will be TFRs up several times next week. While the exact size and location information for the TFRs isn’t posted on the FAA’s website yet, King County… Read more »

FAA: New IFR Currency Rules and Changes in Complex Requirements

On June 27, 2018, the FAA published an extensive revision to sections of 14 CFR Part 61 governing IFR currency with the use of aviation training devices, the role of technically advanced aircraft (TAA) in training for the commercial pilot-airplane certificate, and several other important changes that affect sport pilots and pilots operating under Part… Read more »