A SOLID PLAN GONE AWRY

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I read the July 2017 ILAFFT col­umn and came to the same con­clu­sion that I have many times be­fore — ev­ery pi­lot should get an in­stru­ment rat­ing. My wife

wouldn’t fly with me or let the kids fly with me un­til I got mine. Mod­ern glass cock­pits make in­stru­ment fly­ing rel­a­tively easy, and a rat­ing will re­duce your life and airframe in­sur­ance rates, in­crease the odds of be­ing ac­cepted into a fly­ing club, and re­duce the Hobbs time in cases like the story de­scribed. My in­stru­ment rat­ing cost me maybe one-third as much as my pri­vate cer­tifi­cate and even pushed back my next BFR by an­other two years. If you fly for work, with fam­ily, with friends, or in weather con­di­tions that can change against you (in other words,

ev­ery­one), there is no good rea­son not to get one. — Michael C. Sch­lachter, via email That “les­son learned” from Mr. Deignan­schmidt [I Learned About Fly­ing From That, July 2017] was re­ally good, es­pe­cially that part about never tak­ing a two-day fore­cast at face value. I ad­mire the way he han­dled him­self and the air­plane in all of that clut­ter and con­fu­sion, mak­ing crit­i­cal de­ci­sions “on the fly” and work­ing his way through that whole mess. If I had any ad­di­tional ad­vice to of­fer, I would say that he should def­i­nitely get an IFR rat­ing, and do not ever try to out­think the weather and sur­vive; it can’t be done. Above all else, do not be­lieve any re­ports, un­less they are in real time! — Wil­liam Mon­tjoye, via email

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