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View Poll Results: Do you use the IFR capability of your RV?
YES (file IFR) 236 72.84%
NO 88 27.16%
Voters: 324. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-27-2020, 09:15 PM
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Default IFR Is Awesome

I love having the peace of mind that my aircraft is IFR. Just knowing that I can fly an approach through a layer rather than scud run is worth every penny. It also adds to the resale value. And if I am flying into congested airspace or class B, filing IFR makes things so incredibly easy. And lastly, even flying VFR I use my IFR to backup my VFR approaches. Flying into a big new airport at night? intercepting and tracking a localizer to my landing runway gives me a warm fuzzy knowing I'm lined up on the correct runway. I see no downside to IFR qualified and equipped. And keep in mind, you don't have to file IFR, just having the capability is comforting should you need it.
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Old 12-27-2020, 09:41 PM
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The poll for this thread was taken 13 years ago
The poll was started a long time ago however, runs continuously still today. The data are what they are.

I am the OP. It was just a simple question regarding if folk use the IFR capability in their RV or not.
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Old 12-27-2020, 09:43 PM
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I love having the peace of mind that my aircraft is IFR. Just knowing that I can fly an approach through a layer rather than scud run is worth every penny. It also adds to the resale value. And if I am flying into congested airspace or class B, filing IFR makes things so incredibly easy. And lastly, even flying VFR I use my IFR to backup my VFR approaches. Flying into a big new airport at night? intercepting and tracking a localizer to my landing runway gives me a warm fuzzy knowing I'm lined up on the correct runway. I see no downside to IFR qualified and equipped. And keep in mind, you don't have to file IFR, just having the capability is comforting should you need it.
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Old 12-28-2020, 07:55 PM
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Default Worth it if you go x-country

Just made a trip from Baton Rouge to Hot Springs and back. Weather was perfect until time for the return flight. We filed IFR, climbed to 7000 and had a beautiful flight over the deck back home. Canceled before landing since it was VFR in BTR. Can be much safer than flying marginal VFR if you're careful and take it seriously.

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Old 12-29-2020, 08:06 AM
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Yes, still using my ifr rating. With improved equipment upgrades since 07 ( adsb, G5s, synthetic vision, wass gps ) the fun and function is better. Definitely a challenging rating to get but worth it if you plan on long trips.
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Old 12-29-2020, 10:29 PM
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Default Increased Utility

My experience in general aviation is that having an IFR capable airplane adds significant utility. Most of my interstate trips have required flying through a layer or two and a few have ended with an approach procedure in IMC.

Though I prefer not to fly single engine at night or in LIFR, it’s good to have the capability should it become necessary.

After equipping the airplane, the maintenance cost is reasonable @ $300/yr for GTN updates, $100/yr Foreflight and $400 biannually for 91.411 & .413 checks.
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Old 12-29-2020, 10:35 PM
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Default where I visit in Los Angeles

Where I fly in Los Angeles, we get that June Gloom that is only 1000 feet thick, but means an IFR departure or arrival for that last 1000 feet.
I plan to finish my IFR rating (last 10 hours or so) in my new plane and then not sweat arrivals.
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Old 12-31-2020, 11:02 AM
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Default IFR in RVs

Indeed. And one of the under-appreciated advantages of experimental aircraft is that they can be equipped for full-function GPS IFR flight (relatively) cheaply. The required certified GPS navigator is always going to be pricey, obviously, and the data subscriptions for them cost the same but practically everything else gets materially cheaper, especially autopilots. And you can save on installation costs of course!

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After equipping the airplane, the maintenance cost is reasonable @ $300/yr for GTN updates, $100/yr Foreflight and $400 biannually for 91.411 & .413 checks.
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Old 01-02-2021, 09:07 AM
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Quite a bit! I fly IFR a lot around the Pacific Northwest inspecting aircraft. I try to avoid Ice like the plague, but sometimes it is there even when forecasts say no. I have anti icing vents (very important) and also keep a jaundiced eye on the manifold pressure gauge, any reduction makes me spring loaded to pull the alternate air knob. Otherwise, with dual G3X on dual ADHRS, dual busses and dual battery back up, GTN 650, and Garmin autopilot, it is a push button aircraft. Flying IFR without autopilot is a bit "twitchy". Can be done very safely if pilot is current and knows how to deal with partial panel loss and can fly on "back up".

DAR Gary
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Old 01-02-2021, 09:51 AM
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To build in IFR capabilities or not.....

My motto, "Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it."
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