Inadvertent flight into IMC conditions

Julian Scarfe • 19 December 2018
in community General Aviation

I was pleased to see EASA's announcement of a real experiment into the hazards of VFR into IMC.

It reminded me of the 180-degree turn Experiment conducted in 1954 at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, which was the origin of the oft quoted "178 seconds" average for a non-instrument trained pilot to lose control in cloud.  In fact, the experiment showed that after a relatively small amount of instrument flight training, and the use of a particular technique to avoid loss of control, was able to improve the ability of such pilots to survive an inadvertent encounter with IMC.