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Instrument Flying Handbook
IFR Flight
Conducting an IFR Flight

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Human Factors
Chapter 2. Aerodynamic Factors
Chapter 3. Flight Instruments
Chapter 4. Section I
Airplane Attitude Instrument
Using Analog Instrumentation
Chapter 4. Section II
Airplane Attitude Instrument
Using an Electronic Flight

Chapter 5. Section I
Airplane Basic
Flight Maneuvers
Using Analog Instrumentation
Chapter 5. Section II
Airplane Basic
Flight Maneuvers
Using an Electronic Flight

Chapter 6. Helicopter
Attitude Instrument Flying

Chapter 7. Navigation Systems
Chapter 8. The National
Airspace System

Chapter 9. The Air Traffic
Control System

Chapter 10. IFR Flight
Chapter 11. Emergency

Plight Plan Form.
Figure 10-20. Plight Plan Form.

Several pilot reports have been submitted for light icing
conditions; however, all the reports are north of the route
of flight and correspond to the AIRMET that was issued
earlier. No pilot reports have included cloud tops, but the
area forecast predicted cloud tops to flight level 240. Since
the weather conditions appear to be improving, a flight plan
can be filed using the completed form.

Analyze the latest weather minimums to determine if they
exceed personal minimums. With the absence of icing
reported along the route and steadily rising temperatures,
structural icing should not be a problem. Make a note to
do an operational check of the pitot heat during preflight
and to take evasive action immediately should even light
icing conditions be encountered in flight. This may require
returning to BHM or landing at an intermediate spot before
reaching GPT. The go/no-go decision will be constantly
reevaluated during the flight.

Once at the airport, conduct a thorough preflight inspection.
A quick check of the logbooks indicates all airworthiness
requirements have been met to conduct this IFR flight
including an altimeter, static, and transponder test within
the preceding 24 calendar months. In addition, a log on
the clipboard indicates the VOR system has been checked

within the preceding 30 days. Turn on the master switch and
pitot heat, and quickly check the heating element before it
becomes too hot. Then, complete the rest of the walk-around
procedure. Since this will be a flight in actual IFR conditions,
place special emphasis on IFR equipment during the walk-
around, including the alternator belt and antennas. After
completing the preflight, organize charts, pencils, paper, and
navigation log in the flight deck for quick, easy access. This
is also the time to enter the planned flight into the GPS.

After starting the engine, tune in ATIS and copy the
information to the navigation log. The conditions remain the
same as the updated weather briefing with the ceiling at 700
overcast, and visibility at 3 miles. Call clearance delivery to
receive a clearance;

"Clearance Delivery, Cessna 1230A IFR to Gulfport
Biloxi with information Kilo, ready to copy."

"Cessna 1230A is cleared to Gulfport-Biloxi via the
Birmingham Three Departure, Brookwood, Victor
209 Kewanee then direct Mindo, Gulfport Climb and
maintain 4,000. squawk 0321."