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    Colin Summers

    Instrument check rides can no longer be conducted in IMC, which seems strange, but my DPE said there was no way he was going to touch the controls and I couldn't (yet) legally fly the plane if we weren't IMC. (I don't know how I could legally fly with him in the right seat and with a vision-limiting device on, but I didn't want to press the point.)


    Colin: you can fly as a private pilot with a view-limiting device, provided that you have any pilot in the right seat acting as a safety pilot.

    As I recall, the safety pilot doesn't even need to have a current BFR or medical [Not true, see below!], though I wouldn't swear to that in front of a judge.

    Max Trescott

    Actually, the requirements for a safety pilot are that they be rated in the category and class of aircraft AND that they have a current medical. The idea behind this is that the safety pilot should be fully qualified to take over and fly the airplane if necessary.

    Colin, during a checkride, you are legally PIC (true even for a student pilot getting a Private) so you could legally fly in IMC during your instrument checkride. Many examiners are no longer keen on giving checkrides in IMC as they're looking to minimize their risk.

    Bob Ensten

    Great article. You have enforced many of the things I have practiced in my 46-year flying career which included flying evertyhing from J-3s to an F-15, and the Goodyear blimp; VFR, IFR; flight and ground instruction, air taxi, corporate and air carrier flying; and police surveillance. I was also an FAA air traffic controller and manager for 25 years.

    The most important points I try to teach is to a) know your self, and b) know your aircraft. That means hours of thinking and more hours of practice, as you have said. Because I practiced what I preach, I am happy to say that I am an example of one of the few "old and bold" pilots.

    What is your home airport? I was the last full-time manager of San Carlos when it went to a contractor in 1994 when I retired.

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