Flying an instrument approach in IMC with Spencer Suderman

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Are you a VFR pilot that hates being grounded just because there is a cloud layer over the airport? What if you could take off on a day with a 2,000-foot overcast ceiling and then climb through a few hundred feet of clouds to cruise on top in clear weather? An instrument rating unlocks that capability and can help your realize the full potential of your pilot’s license.

Welcome to Sporty’s new IFR Insights Series, hosted by Spencer Suderman. Spencer is an airshow pilot and instrument flight instructor and will show what it’s like to fly IFR cross-country trips and instrument approaches.

In this first episode, Spencer flies an RNAV approach through rain showers and a low cloud layer into St. Augustine, FL, in a G1000-equipped Cessna 172.

To take the next step, check out Sporty’s Instrument Rating Course, which includes 13 hours of in-flight HD cross-country and instrument approach video training and comprehensive written test preparation tools:

You can learn more about the course, as well as find a large collection of new articles, videos, quizzes and podcasts all geared towards IFR flying at

Bret Koebbe