Grasshopper Posted December 6, 2013 Report Share Posted December 6, 2013 I know this may draw flak, and may even be judged 'off the wall' by some but, in my only inadvertent IMC caper, several years back, I adhered to my long-held belief, founded in considerable practice during both simulated and real IFR flight, that I had the ability to ignore the sensory messages I was getting and respond, instead, to my mind's clear picture of exactly where I was in the clag in relation to the familiar ridge and valley complex and, thanks to my body of experience in that particular type, simply use the control actions and pressures required to fly the short decelerating 180, followed by a brief descent, that brought me out heading down the valley. I know 'lady luck' was definitely a contributor, but I also know I experienced climbing and turning impulses that my self-discipline allowed me to ignore. I'm also sure the relatively brief exposure was in my favor, and don't fool myself that I could have gotten away with it for any protracted period. Although my experienced passengers were understandably a little more shaken than I was, I still gained a healthy respect from the experience and have never been caught again. Because my career began in the military, where I was fortunate enough to have had good IFR training and experience, I'm a strong believer in their benefits, and the current move among oil & gas clients to require annual inadvertent IMC training should reflect those. However, it's incumbent on us all to maintain a strong focus on avoidance at all costs. There is simply no earthly reason tragedies like Bailey's should be repeated. 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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