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Features June 2012 Issue

Getting All the NOTAMs

Getting most of the NOTAMs is easy. Getting the rest isnít. The problem is that thereís a tiny, but non-zero, chance that what you donít know can, in fact, hurt you.

A few years ago, I managed to shoot an approach to minimums and not even know it. I was hauling cargo from Memphis to St. Louis Downtown. The forecasts at St. Louis werenít all that bad, maybe 1000 overcast and three miles visibility. When I picked up ATIS, it had worsened to 400 and a mile. Eh, no sweat for a freight dog. I shot the ILS and landed uneventfully.

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