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Instrument Flight Test #2 PASSED! – Flying IFR with FULL Automation

#IFR training with with Dennis preparing for my proficiency check. This episode covers IFR training with Dennis and Justin; we execute several approaches and go arounds using the automation of the new Garmin Avionics in the Van’s Aircraft RV-14.

At the time of this training, I was recently out of IFR currency; due for my IPC Instrument Proficiency Check, which is basically a check ride we have to do here every 2 years. I knew I’d be flying the much more complex and capable avionics, so I arranged to fly the IPC in this airplane BUT needed to get training to do so. At that point I had ~50 hours VFR flying (use iPhone shots of flying it to ZBA solo?) and had a basic understanding of the autopilot, but had not been doing any advanced programming of the avionics, etc…

Dennis’ Disclaimer:

  • Flying IFR in actual IFR can be dangerous stuff.
  • There is no substitute for proper training in your own equipment.
  • The consequences are just too dire. Find a good instructor, learn your equipment.
  • TAKE IT SERIUOUSLY.
  • Take it on with caution and respect.
  • Don’t jump into the deep water right away;
  • And get recurrent training once in a while.

Having been working closely with Dennis for over a decade, I am proud to be able to recommend his services to anyone that wants to take their flying to the next level. Our relationship started when I was a rusty VFR pilot needing to get recurrent… that led to Dennis introducing me to tailwheel flying which changed everything about where I was headed as an aviator. Then came multi engine and IFR flying. It’s been awesome to have Dennis as a mentor all these years!

Here’s the link to “episode one” of this training if you missed it: Insane capability – IFR Transition from Old to New Avionics! https://youtu.be/zeGI91Dc2Es

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I’m a Private Pilot, doing my best to stay current and learn. I fly for fun and might just be the least cocky pilot on the internet! My self analysis videos can seem self deprecating at times, but I am trying to learn from the small mistakes to avoid making a big one; I’m happy to share and find it rewarding to help other pilots or aspiring aviators in any way that I can. How does the saying go? “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards”. And in aviation, not all tests are survivable.

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