IFR: A Structured Approach

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Very comprehensive; very technical; lots to practice

  • By Gerry from Toronto, Ontario on Sunday, September 12, 2010
  • Pros: Good illustrations to support the technical concepts; good use of examples.
  • Cons: Perhaps inclusion of a few more anecdotes would lighten the reading. This is a tough book to read from front to back. I needed to take each chunk of info and go practice.
  • Review: Mr. Eckalbar is very informed and experienced so can pack a lot of information into a topic or a chapter. This will be excellent material to polish up skills and precision for an experience IFR pilot. I'm brand new IFR so this was like "drinking from a firehose". Lots of important knowledge about systems and procedures; lots of procedures to practice.
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Provides excellent foundation for safe, single-pilot IFR

  • By A Customer from Heber City, UT, USA on Monday, April 27, 2009
  • Pros: Very informative and expertly tailored for the single pilot in any IFR situation.
  • Cons: A bit long on narrative. Could use more concise summaries.
  • Review: This is a book I wish I had read during my early IFR training. Every few pages, I come across an idea that came to me only after many hours in the cockpit. It will be a real accelerator for new IFR pilots and a great resource for those seasoned pilots looking to improve their technique. If the author is reading this: My only suggestion to improve the book would be to add a concise summary of tips with each chapter to help those of us who want a quick refresher of key points. This would make the book much easier to grasp and integrate into your personal flying system.
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Good book... as advertised

  • By btvdan from Vermont on Saturday, October 24, 2009
  • Pros: Perfect follow-on to FAA IFR text, as advertised, excelent writing
  • Cons: no practical weather analysis strategy
  • Review: This book is an excellent companion to some of the standard Instrument text books availabe (like the FAA or Jeppesen books). It is well writen and the content seems to be completely as advertised. It ties the theory together with the practice in a way that many instructors just never do (no offence... I have the greatest respect for my instructors). I don`t give 5 stars because I think it could have some practical weather and risk management information as well. The author makes it clear, though, that discussion of in depth weather analysis are beyond the scope of the book. Most of the discussion is built relative to flying the Barron. Don`t let that scare you, though. The procedures for the Barron are more complex... so, it will be ovious what applies and what does not apply to a simpler aircraft.
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  • By Brian from Chapel Hill, NC on Sunday, November 04, 2007
  • Review: This is a great book for those who have just received their IFR ticket and want to read about how the system works. However, the setting is based on flying on the west coast and as with most flying some things are a little different depending on what part of the country you are in, but overall it gives you a good general sense of what to do and when to do it.
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