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Get Your PPL License With IR - At The Same Time?

by John M. White |

It seems that some 40 years ago an organization known as GAMA (the General Aviation Manufacturers Association) wanted the FAA to consider promoting the idea of a Private Pilot license with levels of privileges in an effort to make flying safer as general aviation pilots bought ever more sophisticated airplanes. Man has flying changed from the steam gauge days I grew up with - heck, when I got my instrument rating I had to fly a radio range. For those of you who don't know, it was the old A and N legs from a beacon where you would align yourself on a leg where the A and the N blended into a solid tone. Adcock A and N Range Approach Then you would fly the leg for a while until you could tell if the signal was getting stronger or weaker, letting you know whether you were getting closer to the beacon or farther away. Ah for the good old days. Not today! Today you crank up the machine, turn on the radio package, put your longitude/latitude for the departure and arrival points and away you go. No need for maps, just keep the needle centered and you will get there. Maybe ... Murphy's law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. What ever happened to situational awareness when flying IFR? Anyone doing ADF approaches anymore without the GPS overlay? I think any new training should include a good dose of the past. Pilots need to know where they came from before they can get to where they want to go. So FAA, as you make your new rules to meet the requirements of new aircraft don't forget about the past. What do you think? Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 The air is an extremely dangerous, jealous and exacting mistress. Once under the spell most lovers are faithful to the end, which is not always old age. Even those masters and princes of aerial fighting, the survivors of fifty mortal duels in the high air who have come scatheless through the War and all its perils, have returned again and again to their love and perished too often in some ordinary commonplace flight undertaken for pure amusement. — Sir Winston Churchill, 'Thoughts and Adventures,' 1932.

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