Inadvertent flight into IMC conditions

A Safety Issue for General Aviation

UPDATE: Applications are now closed.

Weather is an important contributing factor to GA accidents. Although there are many other elements and issues that have the potential to cause troubles for pilots in flight, weather is one of the most prominent,  ever-present risks pilots have to deal with on each and every flight. 

Some safety studies approximate up to 14% of general aviation accidents are weather related. Data also indicate that this category has the largest number of fatal accidents and the highest lethality rate.  Of these weather-related accidents, which include turbulence, thunderstorms and icing conditions, more than half involved attempts to continue to fly under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) into Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC).

What EASA is doing to reduce the risk of inadvertent flight into IMC

EASA is setting up a new General Aviation safety promotion portal under the headline Safety Together!  This was one of the commitments recently made by the Agency at its EASA Annual Safety Conference 2018 (Austria) on General Aviation.

EASA will organise a stimulating simulator session and dedicated workshop at an ATO in Germany for (initially) 2 groups of 6 pilots. Together we would like to explore the best ways to avoid, mitigate and handle the daunting VFR into IMC situation.

EASA is looking for pilots to take part in our VMC into IFR Flight Simulator Trial

EASA wants to directly engage with the GA pilot community by launching this specific experience project in cooperation with our partners. 

We are publishing this call for interest to ask for applications from GA pilots (PPL(A) and/or LAPL(A)) to join this exciting project, which is projected to take place during 13 & 14 March 2019.   

EASA will directly take care of the travel arrangements for the selected pilots to travel to Germany.  

What can you do?

  • As a pilot we invite you to join us in this project by completing your application using the attached documents and sending it to:  SafetyPromotion [at] (SafetyPromotion[at]easa[dot]europa[dot]eu) before 25th of January 2019.
  • If you are involved in a flying club or work as a flight instructor, please tell your friends and students about this experiment and encourage them to apply. 
  • Fly safe and always avoid flying VFR into IMC 

We are looking forward to your applications!