CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 17

ASI Message

stuff your CFII may not have told you
By BRUCE LANDSBERG

I’d like to revive a discussion about the real world of IFR flying, but with a twist: we’re inviting you to share with other
readers things your CFII may not have told you—stuff you
had to learn the hard way after leaving the IFR training nest.
Here’s my story: An extremely capable and dedicated retired Air Force colonel, who had flown all over the world,
was my CFII. Couldn’t have asked for better, but our little
airport did not have an instrument approach, so there was
very little actual instrument time. The ticket, as with so
many of us, was only the beginning.
I keenly remember the first real IMC flight with a friend,
Buddy, who had also been recently trained by the colonel.
Buddy asked if I’d act as co-pilot since he’d committed to
fly Sister Mary Catherine from the Washington, DC area
up to Scranton, Pennsylvania. The weather was easy IMC

with ceilings of about 800 feet and tops well
above anything we could cruise at. No thunder
or ice—just light rain. The Comanche had fuel
enough for two round trips to Canada with an
alternate in Ohio, if needed.
As we entered the clouds, Buddy and I looked
at each other knowing that this was what we
had trained for and wasn’t it cool. The flight was
uneventful: Buddy watched me, I watched him,
we watched each other, ATC watched us, and we
surmised that we should be watching them.

the PIC really needs to exercise that authority.
I learned that fuel is your friend and weather is
what you find, not what is forecast. Lots of stuff
that wasn’t immediately obvious in the training
world. I might point out that the colonel may have
mentioned a lot of this but I didn’t absorb it.
In any case, we’d welcome short vignettes on
things you learned flying IMC that your CFI
may not have told you. You can share this directly in this newsletter using the “Comments” tab.
Safe Flights…

In the coming months and years, I learned about
icing, how a sector’s comm frequency can go
down, how thunderstorms need great respect,
that controllers make a few mistakes, and that

Bruce Landsberg
President, AOPA Foundation

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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2

CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Vol. 4, Issue 2
Contents
5 Tips for Dynamite Demonstrations
Safety Quiz: Thunderstorm Avoidance
ASI Online: Accident Case Study - Time Lapse
CFI Tips: Measure With the Right Ruler
ASI Message: Stuff Your CFII May Not Have Told You
Did You Know? 2013 Flight Training Excellence Awards
Safety Seminar: Chart Challenge - Live & Flying for a Lifetime
Safety Spotlight: See For Yourself
Real Pilot Story: Bird Strike
CFI Tools: Boost Your Business
Chief's Corner: eFIRC
Ask ATC: Practice Approach
ASI Note: Storm Week
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - Contents
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 5 Tips for Dynamite Demonstrations
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 4
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 5
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 6
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 7
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 8
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - Safety Quiz: Thunderstorm Avoidance
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - ASI Online: Accident Case Study - Time Lapse
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 11
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 12
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - CFI Tips: Measure With the Right Ruler
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 14
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 15
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 16
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - ASI Message: Stuff Your CFII May Not Have Told You
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - Did You Know? 2013 Flight Training Excellence Awards
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - Safety Seminar: Chart Challenge - Live & Flying for a Lifetime
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - Safety Spotlight: See For Yourself
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 21
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 22
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 23
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - Real Pilot Story: Bird Strike
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - CFI Tools: Boost Your Business
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - Chief's Corner: eFIRC
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - ASI Note: Storm Week
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