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Left Coast Pilot Getting Current

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 November 2004

I finally got myself IFR current again, almost six months after my last hood work. That has a tendency to happen around here in the summer, as there's little (or no) actual IFR to fly in, and there's rarely any reason to fly in Class B airspace or on the coast, where there might be fog.

As usual, I spent several hours practicing in Microsoft Flight Simulator first, getting used to doing an IFR scan and reading approach plates. Once I was comfortable with those, it was time to get in the real airplane. The forecast for the next day looked good—cloudy (we were getting the edge of a tropical depression—formerly a hurricane—that came up from Mexico, and collided with a cold front coming down from the north), but with little turbulence.

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