Instrument Flight Rules

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INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES- Rules governing the procedures for conducting instrument flight. Also a term used by pilots and controllers to indicate type of flight plan.

(See INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS.)

(See VISUAL FLIGHT RULES.)

(See VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS.)

(See ICAO term INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES.)

INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES [ICAO]- A set of rules governing the conduct of flight under instrument meteorological conditions.

(Refer to AIM.)

From the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge:

Instrument approach procedures (IAP) - A series of predetermined maneuvers for the orderly transfer of an aircraft under IFR from the beginning of the initial approach to a landing or to a point from which a landing may be made visually.

FARs specific to IFR flight

12 regulations in the FARs apply to all IFR flight:

  • §91.167 Fuel requirements for flight in IFR conditions.
  • §91.169 IFR flight plan: Information required.
  • §91.171 VOR equipment check for IFR operations.
  • §91.173 ATC clearance and flight plan required.
  • §91.175 Takeoff and landing under IFR.
  • §91.177 Minimum altitudes for IFR operations.
  • §91.179 IFR cruising altitude or flight level.
  • §91.180 Operations within airspace designated as Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum airspace.
  • §91.181 Course to be flown.
  • §91.183 IFR communications.
  • §91.185 IFR operations: Two-way radio communications failure.
  • §91.187 Operation under IFR in controlled airspace: Malfunction reports.