Light airplanes can fly in the rain. There is very little different about flying in the rain versus flying in dry air, except for a bit of noise caused by the droplets hitting the windscreen. But how do you know if that blob on the radar is simply rain or a thunderstorm with the requisite … More Is it a Thunderstorm?
A holding pattern is simply a way to wait in the air before making an approach to an airport. You may need to wait because of traffic delays or some kind of weather issue at your destination. ATC will issue holding instructions, specifying that you hold at some kind of fix, or at a VOR. … More Holding Pattern Basics
Picking up your IFR clearance doesn’t have to be difficult. GA clearances are typically much simpler than those issued to airliners but still require practice to copy down in a timely manner and to read back correctly. Start by writing the acronym CRAFT on your kneeboard: CRAFT stands for the items you will receive in … More IFR Clearance Practice