Podcast: VFR or IFR?

Podcast: VFR or IFR?

Let me tell you another true story.

As I was driving home a couple of days ago from having dinner with some friends I was passing by the local airport close to where I live.

There was a plane landing and the Approach Lighting System (ALS) was active.

An Approach Lighting System (ALS) is a lighting system installed on the approach end of an airport runway and consists of a series of light bars, strobe lights, or a combination of the two, that extends outward from the runway end. The ALS helps a pilot locate and land on a runway.

Watching the plane follow the ALS to the runway made me think about something.  I have a pilot license for fixed wing aircraft (i.e., airplanes, but not helicopters). 

My designation is private pilot, single engine, land, with instrument training.  What this means is that I can legally fly a plane with one engine and take off and touch down on land.  Taking off and touching down on water requires a totally different certification.

Most of my flying was under Visual Flight Rules (VFR). Visual Flight Rules (VFR) are a set of regulations under which a pilot operates an aircraft in weather conditions generally clear enough to allow the pilot to visually see where the aircraft is going (i.e., not obstructed by clouds, fog, etc.).

The VFR pilot is required to “see and avoid” obstacles and other aircraft.

When operation of an aircraft under VFR is not safe, because the visual cues outside the aircraft are obscured by weather, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) must be used instead.

I also did some of my flying under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).

Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) are a set of rules and regulations established to govern flight under conditions in which flight by outside visual reference is not safe because the pilot cannot visually see anything (i.e., obstructed by clouds, fog, etc.).

IFR flight depends upon flying by reference to instruments in the airplane cockpit and navigation is accomplished by reference to electronic signals instead of by visual references under VFR.

We live in a three-dimensional (3D) world in which we rely on our 5 senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.

Just like in IFR flight, in any stressful situation you are facing relying solely on your 5 senses can produce illusions and disorientation.

For example, if you are feeling fearful, in many instances your feelings of fear are based on illusions as one acronym for FEAR, is False Evidence Appearing Real.

If the people, circumstances or events in your life are causing you to fly under IFR conditions how can you avoid illusions and disorientation to touch down somewhere other at your desired end point?

When you are facing IFR conditions in your life, relying on your intuition, adjusting your attitude and trusting will help you create a positive impact in your own life and allow you to touch down at your desired location co-creating a life you truly desire.

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Stephen Lesavich, PhD

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