January 1999 Issue

A Decent IFR Hood

There are lots of choices, none ideal. The Thunderhead and Best Hood are our top picks.

Most pilots acquire (and discard) a variety of view limiting devices over the years. The logbooks often label the column for ersatz instrument work as “under the hood,” but these contraptions actually fall into three separate categories: sun visors with a thyroid condition, “glasses” of one sort or another and appliances that look like left-over props from a 1940’s Creature Feature.

Each type of view limiter has inherent strengths and weaknesses. Some simply do a better job within those constraints. Given the number of entrants in this field, you’d have to conclude that either the Alphabet Groups are wrong and every adult in the entire free world is in flight training or this is a p...

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