106 Avoiding Deadly VFR into IMC Accidents – Safety Moment with Rob Mark


106 Avoiding Deadly VFR into IMC Accidents – Safety Moment with Rob Mark

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Summary
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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39 Private Pilot Checkride Prep – How to Fail a Checkride before it Even Starts – Interview with Jason Blair



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Jason Blair is a FAA DPE, or Designated Pilot Examiner, who gives checkrides to pilots, and he’s also an active flight instructor. He got an early start in aviation, taking flying lessons at age 15, soloing at 16, and getting his private certificate at 17.

Jason explains that there is a shortage of designated pilot examiners who give checkrides, which is affecting people’s ability to schedule a checkride. He also said that if someone feels that an examiner is not conducting checkrides in accordance with the ACS, they can send comments to this FAA Email address for DPE/Practical Test Concerns.

Then he talks about the important qualification process, which occurs at the beginning of a checkride. If a student doesn’t have all the documents, correct endorsements, or hasn’t met all of the experience requirements, he or she will be going home before the checkride even starts. He explains the most common oversights he sees during the qualification process, and encourages flight instructors to have a second CFI review a pilot’s logbook and endorsements, to ensure that the pilot is qualified for the checkride, and won’t be sent home early.

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