The FAA has a personal minimums worksheet available. Here’s an adapted version of that.
Weather Categories are as follows:
|Category||Ceiling (feet AGL)||Visibility (Statute Miles)|
|VFR||> 3,000||> 5 miles|
|MVFR||1,000 to 3,000||3 to 5 miles|
|IFR||500 to 999||1 to < 3 miles|
|LIFR||< 500||< 1 mile|
|VFR||Pattern Work: TPA + 1000 feet MSL
Cross Country: Cruise altitude + 2000 feet. IFR Cross Country: Not a factor
|Pattern Work: At least 7 SM.
Cross Country: 7+ SM. IFR Cross Country: Not a factor.
|MVFR||VFR Flight: No go.
IFR Flight: At least 2,000 feet AGL
|VFR Flight: No go
IFR Flight: Go.
|IFR||Fly with a safety pilot.||Fly with a safety pilot.|
|LIFR||No go.||No go.|
|Turbulence||Less than "Severe". If there's a turbulence PIREP from a jet, then cancel.|
|Surface wind speed (Gusts or Sustained)||Less than 15 knots|
|Crosswind component||Less than 10 knots crosswind component.|
Basically, I have very conservatives minimum at the moment. Which is fine, because I fly light aircraft for fun. I also am relatively inexperienced - at the time of this writing, I have just about 200 hours total time, which is in that danger zone of ~100 to ~500 hours where most GA accidents occur in.
Last updated: 2021-12-05 08:58:45 -0800