One of the biggest perks of being an instrument rated pilot is being able to grab a pop-up IFR clearance if you need to get yourself out of a sticky situation. Thing is, while most IFR pilots know that a pop-up clearance is part of their bag of tricks, few have ever actually used one.
Cue this great video I stumbled across from Jason Schappert of ground school website MzeroA.com:
In the video, Jason finds himself stuck on top of a low cloud layer while he and his wife were filming a video for their ground school series. So they took the opportunity to get a pop-up clearance, followed by flying an ILS approach to minimums.
It’s a pretty cool real-world example of why it’s a great idea to get an instrument rating — and a good refresher if you’re an instrument-rated pilot who hasn’t given pop-up clearances much thought in a while. Definitely worth a watch!