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Features December 2013 Issue

The Vis

Forget instrument training. When you had just three hours total, you were doing visual approaches. They shouldn’t be that difficult for accomplished pilots, should they?

Visual approaches have been in the news a lot recently. On July 6, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 hit a seawall short of San Francisco’s Runway 28L and crashed. The flight had been cleared for a visual approach to Runway 28L. The ILS was out, but the PAPI was in service, so there was some vertical guidance.Later that same month, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 landed nose-wheel first on a visual approach at La Guardia. The…

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