Im new, will this be allowed

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  1. Impala

    Impala Filing Flight Plan

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    Good day ladies , gents

    From SA , not a real world pilot unfortunately, but love planes.
    You see, ever since i started with simming those round things in the cockpit had some magic for me, and still does.
    I read and study almost anything concerning air navigation, charts etc..(In the sim only use VORs, NDB , watch ...- Dont even know how to work a GPS- Takes away all that magic:)) so thats why this site is like a goldmine for me

    Even took a short 10 question IR test from KINGS last night I found on the Web. (That was after reading so many posts about you guys taking the test)

    My question is this, will I be allowed sometimes to ask a question, related to navigation, here on the forum even if I am not a pilot.

    Either way, will keep enjoy reading her

    Be safe
     
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    Sure. However if your questions are not IFR specific, just general navigation and what not, I suggest posting in the Pilot Training or Flight Following sub-forums vs this one.
     
  3. NorthEast Ohio

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    Lesson number one: draw a magenta line and stay on it.
    And you’ll never be lost.
     
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    I'm sure everyone will love to have you and your questions. While I was a student pilot I used sim to pre-fly all my solo XCs. Is SA South Africa?
     
  5. Impala

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    Thanks will do tsts4

    Yeah, I know the magenta line will make things easier, but i like to fiddle with the instr. See where i end up with my navigation. For me thats the challenge and pleasure "flying " the sim :)
     
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    Welcome to the group. Go ahead and ask your questions.
     
  7. Impala

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    Yes SA is South Africa

    The questions will be coming, at the moment im just reading through this forum
    Oh, as said i did a quick King test for IR, but are there FAA old tests available, and how do the King test compare to those real life FAA tests. Actually did 2 and its fun for me.
    One thing for sure, theres a LOT to be learned concerning IR.
     
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    Contrary to popular belief, all of us here don’t know it all. I’m one of the few. ;)
     
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    Unlike many civil aviation authorities, the FAA publishes a plethora of pilot handbooks that are available for free. Check out the "Instrument Flying Handbook" and the "Instrument Flight Procedures Handbook", available for download here:

    https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/
     
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  10. Impala

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    I have been to their site, but looking for old FAA IR tests Just want to do one or two to see really how little i know
     
  11. tsts4

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    IMO IFR is kind analogous to Master’s level school work. By that I mean there’s assumption you have the basics down first. So my recommendation is make sure you have a solid understanding of basic airmanship, VFR rules and procedures before diving too far into the world of IFR. Otherwise you’re putting the cart before the horse. I get you aren’t a pilot and are just learning, but IFR will make more sense if you have a solid foundation in the other stuff.
     
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  13. Impala

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    Yes tsts4 i suppose youre right. Just going to plot on as before and know and then ask some question here if unsure about something.
    And to be honest, that solid foundation is ... well, Mars are closer i would say.
     
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    You’ll get there. It’s just easier to wade in from the shallow end of the pool vs jumping off the high dive for those learning to swim.
     
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    The bold method has a lot of little quizzes that are pretty fun to take. I used it quite often when I was working on my IR.
    https://www.boldmethod.com/
     
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    LOL. If you are part of the all then you aren’t one of the few.
     
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    The needs of the many outweigh....oh, screw it.
     
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    Ask away! Happy to have you aboard @Impala!
     
  20. Impala

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    So you say shoot. Well this is the first of really dumb questions.
    Since posting all i do is read the "approach forum", try to understand the basics Some make sence, others dont, but for me thats how i learn. Every thread i open and have an approach chart i look for the ICAO CODE and go to that appr. chart and look for what the guy is asking and why.
    First, yes I am way out of my depth here, so please have patience and also English is not my mothers tongue

    Q. MDA and DA. Read a lot about it and sort of understand MDA, but what is the connection between the two. Isnt it the same?

    You are coming down the GS, MDA is 500 ft. isnt the DA then also 500 ft.
     
  21. Larry in TN

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    You level off at an MDA and never go below it.

    You are descending on a glideslope when you reach DA and will continue somewhat below it as you initiate your missed-approach. You never level-off at a DA.

    If you are using VNAV to produce a descent path, on a non-precision approach, then you'll use a derived DA (DDA) that is the MDA plus an additive (usually 50') so that when you initiate the missed-approach you won't go below the MDA.
     
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    MDA - think non precision step down approaches. Level off and plow along until you see something where you can make a normal landing or go missed. This is where the VDP also comes into play as you have to be able to make a "normal" landing, not dive at if from 500' above the threshold.

    DA - precision (including LPV) with a GS. At the DA you "decide" if you see something in the runway environment as you are still descending. If you see nothing, you go missed.
     
  23. Impala

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    Thanks guys, makes much more sense now
     
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    Lesson 1, put the proper waypoints in the box.