106 Avoiding Deadly VFR into IMC Accidents – Safety Moment with Rob Mark
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106 Max talks with Rob Mark about three recent VFR into IMC fatal accidents. All involved Private pilots, though these kinds of accidents also happen to instrument rated pilots. A common factor was poor preflight decision making, as these pilots shouldn’t have taken off. But pilots can also get into IMC if good weather very slowly deteriorates to bad weather. We also talk about how to avoid getting into these kinds of accidents, and what to do if you accidentally fly into a cloud.
Rob Mark is uniquely qualified to help, as he is the Sr. Editor for Flying magazine and he runs the JetWhine blog. He’s one of the few people in the world who’s worked as both an air traffic controller and as an airline pilot.
Mentioned in the Show
Accident #1 – In flight breakup – Meeker, CO
Accident #2 – Low ceilings in mountains – Sierraville, CA
Accident #3 – Takeoff into 400 foot overcast – Minnesota
Skybrary Article: Inadvertent VFR Flight into IMC
NASA Callback Newsletter – Two Pilots brushes with IMC
PAVE Personal Minimums Checklist
Videos Mentioned in the Show
178 Seconds to Live video – Air Safety Institute
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