Inadvertent entry into IMC at low level. Just thinking about options.
Wed May 16, 2018 10:33 am
I am not an instructor so what I suggest is in no way advice. I'm just trying to open a discussion.
This is not a comment on the actions of any specific crash pilot.
The best advice, as always, is DON'T.
However, if you do, sometimes by the time you realise that you have lost visual reference, then the visibility just behind is equally rubbish.
The usual teaching, apart from "DON'T" is a 180 on instruments (taught as part of the PPL when I did it in 1992 and may still be). Problem is that you have changed a whole load of things, (direction, bank, amount of back pressure needed to keep from descending in the turn) which for a low hours VFR pilot may be disorientating, particularly , if, as mentioned, the vis behind is little better.
Particularly at low level (eg entering a fogbank). I wonder whether instead, a gentle wings level climb on planned track up to an appropriate IFR level for the planned track , or VFR on top, or just below the base of CAS, (whichever you get to first or whichever is most appropriate) might be safer.
When you get some spare capacity, squawking 7700 and if appropriate changing to 121.5 will offer some options for a safe recovery.
Now that is easy for me to say. I have the option of using my IR(r) to do that legally in the UK outside Class A airspace.
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