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  •  IMHO, every pilot should do instrument training. (0+ / 0-)

    It's not just for being able to land in the soup. It makes you a much better, and safer, pilot, by teaching situational awareness, and precision flying -- knowing exactly where you are in space, and what your plane is doing in space, at every moment. And -- being able to use all of the resources and equipment available to you, to continuously make minor adjustments, to always anticipate what comes next, and to prevent, and correct when necessary, any problems.

    It's quite likely that John Kennedy and his passengers would be alive today, for example, if he had been adequately instrument trained, and knew how to use his autopilot.

    I got my Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) certification 25 years ago. And I do recurrent training annually. No pilot should ever be scared -- respectful (of the weather and one's limitations), and attentive, always. A pilot who is scared should not be flying.

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