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.

Comments (8)

Dominique Roland

No, but it is said:
- Your flying experience is mainly in (day-time) VFR.
- No valid IR at time of application and/or workshop.

Wendell Lynch

Hi Julien,
Thanks for your comments. Indeed, we allowed us to be inspired by other great initiatives of the past.

We would really like to invite and encourage as many EU GA pilots as possible to apply to this event and join us in this experiment. This is also something of a new approach for EASA and its Safety Promotion strategy. We are just as excited!

Even though we might only be able to initially work with 12 pilots for this first project, a high number of applications will justify taking this experiment to other levels.... ; )

We would therefore very much appreciate if you would share the information about this EASA event as widely as possible within your networks and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

Mohamed saroujy

thank you
To have the opportunity to see inquiries about the implementation of these laws in Egypt.
So, from the reasons I entered this membership, I am sure I will have access to all the questions I will ask you.
I thank you again

Wendell Lynch


The EASA Safety Promotion Team would like to thank everyone for the huge interest in our first EASA Safety Together! initiative - VFR into IMC. We received a lot of applications from pilots all over Europe across different age groups with different backgrounds and levels of experience. By taking your time to prepare your application and send it to us you have all showed us your personal dedication and commitment to aviation safety.

We will now start the selection process, which will likely take around 2 weeks. Unfortunately, we can only invite 12 pilots for this initial experiment project and are very much aware that we will disappoint quite a few people. However, thanks to the high level of interest we will be able to look for more opportunities and ways to expand this program so that even more people can be involved. Therefore, if your application was not successful this time – it was not in vain.

We will respond to you each of you individually after the selection process with the results and would like to keep in touch with you to offer other opportunities to be involved in future safety events and initiatives.

We believe that a good and safe pilot is always eager to learn about safety and wants to improve his or her skills. Through this first initiative EASA would like to join you on this journey and assist you where we can.

Thank you again for your interest and efforts so far and making this initiative already a success!

We are Safety Together!

All the best,

The EASA Safety Promotion Team

Mohamed saroujy

I would like to thank all of you and I hope that this cooperation will contribute to air safety, particularly in the countries of Africa, including Egypt

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