Intro to IFR Question #17 - Defining GRABCARD




GRABCARD is the acronym outlining the additional equipment required to fly an aircraft in the IFR system. These are in addition to the VFR requirements. (FAR 91.205 (b))

Generator or Alternator sufficient for flight

Radio or navaids sufficient for airspace used

Airspeed Indicator

Ball (inclinometer (bottom of turn coordinator))


Attitude indicator

Rate of turn indicator

Directional gyro (heading indicator)

(D)me or RNAV equipment (FL240 and up)




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