This Section is designed as a technical reference for all pilots who operate under instrument flight rules (IFR) in the National Airspace System (NAS). It expands and updates information contained in the Instrument Flight Rules Section, and introduces advanced information for IFR operations. Instrument flight instructors, instrument pilots, and instrument students will also find this Section a valuable resource since it is used as a reference for the Airline Transport Pilot and Instrument Knowledge Tests and for the Practical Test Standards. It also provides detailed coverage of instrument charts and procedures including IFR takeoff, departure, en route, arrival, approach, and landing. Safety information covering relevant subjects such as runway incursion, land and hold short operations, controlled flight into terrain, and human factors issues also are included.
If you are new to IFR flight, or are looking for a refresher, you should begin your research in the Instrument Flight Rules Section.
- Departure Procedures
- En Route Operations
- Improvement Plans
- Airborne Navigation Databases
- Helicopter Instrument Procedures
- Emergency Procedures
The information found in this section is based upon the information found in the Instrument Procedures Handbook (2017) published by the FAA.
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