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Old 04-03-2020, 02:36 AM
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Originally Posted by N941WR View Post
Years ago, either Flying or AOPA ran a story regarding VFR into IMC. Unfortunately I can't find a link to the article as I think it came out pre WWW.

The just of the article was that instrument rated pilots who continued VFR into IMC were equally likely, or more likely, to crash as VFR only pilots.

The just of the article was that VFR pilot tended to do the magic 180 upon first indication of bad weather whereas instrument rated pilots tended to continue and weren't either current and/or didn't have the proper charts. Either way, the results had negative outcomes.

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That may well be true.

I can say from my experience if VFR and faced with an IMC encounter ahead, I will deploy counter measures, and then contact centre requiring a clearance.

But the over confident out of practise and negligent wanting to avoid detection pilot may well come unstuck.

Lets be honest, a competent pilot deliberately trying to fly outside the IFR system could do it quite safely, but that is not the way we roll.


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Old 04-03-2020, 05:45 AM
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Another added reason why so many would end up in IMC (that we will never know) and get away with it is that a LOT of today's light A/C have very flash avionics including very capable coupled A/P's so that alone would temp VFR drivers to go DCT regardless of WX. Many many years ago when I started no light planes had A/P's (well none that we poor people could afford to fly) never lone a GPS! The trouble is as those that are IFR cert would know it's not just the A/C handling in IMC it's a LOT more involved from icing, embedded TS's, severe turb, other traffic, terrain, actions in case of engine failure! Scary stuff!
I'd like a dollar for everytime I'd be in solid IMC (legally) & ATC would say we have traffic at xx at 7000' (my current Alt) unverified!
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