Archives: Instrument Flight

Which George Is Steering The Airplane?

by Michael J. “Mick” Kaufman When I first got acquainted with autopilots, they were referred to by the pilots that flew them as, “George.” In this issue of Midwest Flyer Magazine, I will devote most of my column to “George” … Continue reading

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Utilizing Technology & Basic Pilot Skills Together

by Michael J. “Mick” Kaufman In the last issue of Midwest Flyer Magazine, I wrote about the heading indicator and magnetic compass. In this issue, I am going to write about the “attitude indicator” with further emphasis on the pitot-static … Continue reading

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Flying With Accurate Flight Instruments

by Michael J. “Mick” Kaufman In this issue of Midwest Flyer Magazine, I will be addressing the issue of “aircraft instruments” and their importance in making a safe and accurate IFR flight. I would also like to show how an … Continue reading

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Why ADS-B Needs To Be Revisited By FAA

by Michael J. “Mick” Kaufman It has been more than five years since we first started hearing about Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS–B) and I published my first article on the topic for Midwest Flyer Magazine. Since then I … Continue reading

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Flying & Evaluating The Avidyne IFD 540 GPS Navigator

by Michael “Mick” Kaufman In the April/May 2015 issue of Midwest Flyer Magazine, I promised I would write a review of the Avidyne IFD 540 GPS navigator. To give you a better perspective of the Avidyne IFD 540, I have … Continue reading

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Autopilot Glitches, Failures & Anomalies

by Michael “Mick” Kaufman In my previous column, I again addressed the issue of “icing,” as did Greg Gorak in his excellent article. It was unfortunate that Wisconsin got to see another fatal GA icing accident since that publication. In … Continue reading

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Flying A Full Approach Without Radar Vectors Is A Lesson To Be Learned

by Mick Kaufman It seems to be human nature that we all like to play “Monday Morning Quarterback” after an accident or incident. In a recent accident involving a friend’s airplane, I see a possible situation that has occurred too … Continue reading

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New Challenges In Picking Up An IFR Clearance Once Airborne

by Michael “Mick” Kaufman In the world of aviation, there are many items, procedures and regulations pilots do not have all of the answers for. Many times the people who should know – the FAA – don’t have the answers, … Continue reading

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X, Y, Z Approaches Part II, ATC Communications & How To Amend A Reroute Clearance On The 430/530

by Michael J. “Mick” Kaufman In this issue of Midwest Flyer Magazine, I would like to add more insight into one of the topics I covered in the last issue on the puzzle of X, Y, Z approaches. A new … Continue reading

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ADSB, Icing, Approach Plates & High-Profile Accidents

by Michael J. “Mick” Kaufman It seems that we have gone from the winter to summer flying season in a very short time though winter did its best to hang on much longer than usual in the Midwest. As pilots … Continue reading

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