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Instrument Flying Update
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Instrument Flying Update

John Eckalbar's latest book...Instrument Flying Update: What every Instrument Pilot Needs to Know About the New Rules on Approach Transitions, WAAS, LPV, LNAV/VNAV, RNAV SIDs, TAWS, and Much More. Instrument Flying Update is a sequal to IFR: A Structured Approach.

If you completed your instrument training in the era of VOR, ILS, and basic GPS, it is time you make a commitment to getting yourself up to speed for new world IFR.

Instrument flying is evolving at an incredible pace. New technologies (like WAAS and TAWS) are being applied, new rules (like those on transitioning onto RNAV approaches) are being written, and new procedures (like LPV approaches) are being developed. The big payoff is in unprecedented 3-D position accuracy and enhanced situational awareness as the aircraft position is displayed in relation to complex waypoint strings together with surrounding terrain and obstacles.

To navigate the new world of IFR safely and efficiently, pilots and controllers need to do their homework. We need to keep up with the nuances of the new equipment as well as the rules and procedures that evolve with the equipment. To cite the most important example, many thousands of pilots are about to upgrade from GPS to GPS/WAAS. With this upgrade comes the promise of vastly improved instrument approaches, but we also move into an environment which we have not yet been trained to enter--where, for example, we get strange messages from our avionics saying that LPV is unavailable because VPL exceeds VAL, or where LNAV/VNAV is available, but a knowledgeable pilot will know that, given the current weather, LNAV might be better. The relatively simple days when we tuned an NDB or VOR, identified it, and flew the chosen course are ending.

Safe and efficient operation in this new environment is going to take a commitment to continuing education. I hope this book will help.

Here is a quick outline: The first three chapters deal with WAAS.

  • Chapter 1 investigates how WAAS is able to correct GPS position estimates.
  • The next chapter looks at the TERPS criteria for WAAS-based approaches.
  • And the following chapter examines the topic of flying with WAAS.
  • Chapter 4 brings us up to date on recent changes in RNAV departure procedures and adds a brief section on RNAV Q- and T-routes.
  • Chapter 5 explains how TAWS works, what its various warning/alert messages mean, and what you can and should do in response. Most pilots are unaware that ATC has its own TAWS-like system called MSAW, Minimum Safe Altitude Warning system. MSAW alerts controllers when an aircraft is or is expected to be too low, and then controllers are supposed to alert pilots. But, what prompts the alert, and what are you supposed to do when you get one? Are you automatically getting MSAW protection when you are assigned a transponder code and talking to ATC? We will address these questions in Chapter 6.
  • Chapter 7 deals with radar vectors. Special attention is paid to the meaning of the MVA and the issue of when it is permissible for ATC to issue a vector when you are below the MVA.
  • Chapter 8 tests our knowledge of the above topics by examining the chain of events leading to an accident in San Diego during a night departure, when a Lear 35A impacted terrain while trying to maintain VFR under an overcast while following a vector below the MVA. If nothing in the last sentence strikes you as odd, you are likely to really benefit from reading this book.
  • Chapter 9 covers the surprisingly complex topic of transitioning onto an approach. What is permissible as you fly "GPS direct" from one fix to another toward the FAF, Final Approach Fix? Is it okay to go direct to the FAF from anywhere as long as you are so cleared? Is it okay for ATC to clear you GPS direct to the FAF or to issue a vector to the FAF? And, what is wrong with the following clearance? "...two miles from the outer marker, turn left heading 050, maintain 4000 until established, cleared ILS runway 36 left." Hopefully, when Chapter 9 is finished, you will have a clear idea of some of the problems created by any of the above.
  • Finally, in chapter 10 we study the sad case of a relatively new instrument pilot struggling against a barrage of ATC handling mistakes as he tries to get established on an RNAV (GPS) approach. This accident touches on many of the major themes of the book - getting established, radar vectors, TAWS, MSAW, and more.

Instrument Flying Update is another fantastic book in the series that you have written...I re-read sections of the book at least every two weeks. Many thanks for this magnificantly written, detailed and informative book. George Mead Hemmeter, A.T.P.

Just wanted to drop you a note of thanks for Instrument Flying Update, which now occupies a coveted spot next to IFR: A Structured Approach on my bedside table for frequent re-reading. I find the information to be indispensible and your comprehensive yet approachable style unmatched in aviation writing. Mike Frantz, Cirrus SR22

Thanks for another excellent book on IFR. Having read IFR: A Structured Approach several times, I ordered Update the instant I heard about it. I just finished my first pass through it. It won't be the last...thanks again for another great book. Rick Tavan, Cessna T210

I am writing you to let you know how pleased I am about your new book Instrument Flying Update. I am in the middle of it now and am amazed at the detail and completeness you provide...Thank you very much for providing this book! I truly appreciate what you have done here. Hal M. Staniloff, Beech G58 Baron

All this, and a great deal more.
2006, Hardback, 250 pages

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John C. Eckalbar is an airline transport pilot and instrument flight instructor for single and multiengine airplanes.  He has been a pilot for ExecutiveJet and has flown in the Federal Express feeder system.  He has been an active FAR Part 135 charter pilot with air taxi and cargo experience in a wide range of general aviation airplanes, from Skylanes, 210s, and Bonanzas to Barons, 400 series Cessnas, Caravans, King Airs, and Citations.  At one time or another he has owned a Grumman American TR-2, three Bonanzas, an E55 Baron, and a Piper Seneca II. 

John is one of the original ground and flight instructors in the American Bonanza Society's highly regarded Bonanza and Baron Pilot Proficiency Programs, and he is a co-author of the manuals for those classes.  He is also the author of numerous articles in general aviation magazines.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado and is a Professor in the California State University system. He has published many articles on mathematics for economists and been the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation research project on dynamics and stability.

Other publications by John Eckalbar:

  • DVD: Instrument Flying:  By the Numbers
  • Flying the Beech Bonanza
  • IFR:  A Structured Approach
  • Flying High Performance Singles & Twins
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