Originally Posted by jeffkersey
Heart pounding reading this. Are you instrument rated but the plane isn't IFR "certified" so you don't file? I would like to know what you end up going through with the FAA after this? If anything?
This subject has been whipped like the proverbial dead horse over the years on this site. Instrument Flight Rules vs Visual Flight Rules...
Suffice to say after 20,000 hours flying in the military and for a major airline, much of it IFR and another 25 years flying my RV's around the country, I've found IFR is a grey area
for Experimentals (and many other types!).
Myth 1: "Certified IFR" applies to anything flying with Experimental
on the canopy rail.
Myth 2: You have to be on an IFR flight plan or rated to be "VFR on top"
1. First, even Doug Reeves amazingly equipped RV6 "Flying Garmin advertisement"
is not IFR certified. However comma, it does comply with the FAR/AIM requirements for operating an aircraft in IMC:
It's had the pitot static system tested and encoding altimeter checked and documented in the aircraft's logbook and when operating in such capacity is on an IFR flight plan or IFR in controlled airspace with ATC compliance and squawking accordingly while complying with and properly rated for Instrument Flight Rules.
An FAA guy on my 737 Jumpseat recently told me that Certified and Experimental are two different categories, one can't be part of the other, ever.
2. Second, yes, even today you can operate "VFR on top" of a solid overcast legally using "VFR on Top" cloud separation and clearing requirements and not IFR rated. Is it smart? F16 Weapons school answer: it depends...
You have to utilize that rarest form of knowledge, common sense...and pilotage.
Bottom line in Aviation and written on page one in every professional flight manual is rule one: Common sense and discretion override any other priorities in this manual.
And from my F16 days: Only Squawks get violated
PS: Vlad: what, no trip to Northern TX to touch base at 52F and have lunch with DR (and me)? Dos ve Danya!