FAA Safety Briefing Magazine

The FAA Safety Policy Voice of Non-commercial General Aviation


Cover of the May/June 2024 FAA Safety Briefing MagazineIFR Flying

The May/June 2024 issue of the FAA Safety Briefing magazine focuses on general aviation instrument flight training and IFR proficiency. Articles in this issue address the importance of having both the right physical and mental flying skills required in today’s challenging IFR environment. We also review ways to help you stay proficient and be prepared for emergencies when flying in the clouds.

Download the May/June 2024 issue or use the links below to read each article online. 

Feature Articles


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It’s a Confusing World Up There

The Specifics of Spatial Disorientation

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Into the Future

How Leveraging Technology Can Help Build Proficiency in a Busy World 

GA aircraft in flight

Maybe Not Today …

Avoiding the Perils (and Regrets) of VFR into IMC 

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Broken Glass Procedures

Understanding and Navigating Glass Avionics Failures 


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Of Sound Mind and Body

Jumpseat: An Executive Policy Perspective

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Misfortune with Medications

Aeromedical Advisory: A Checkup on All Things Aeromedical

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Checking Your Check

Checklist: FAA Resources and Safety Reminders

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Keeping Your Eye on the Drone

Drone Debrief: Drone Safety Roundup

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Mastering Ballistic Parachute Systems Maintenance 

Nuts, Bolts, and Electrons: GA maintenance issues

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Simulators Save Lives

Vertically Speaking: Safety Issues for Rotorcraft Pilots

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With My Head in the Clouds

On Final: An Editor’s Perspective

Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown, FAA’s Boston Flight Standards District Office

Faces: FAA Employee Profile

Last updated: Wednesday, May 8, 2024