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Features December 2016 Issue

Trust ATC, But Verify

Trust ATC, But Verify

ATC radar can play an integral role in flying the approach right down to the pavement. Just exercise vigilance with your own resources to ensure no details get missed.

We spend most of our IFR lives wrapped in the warm cocoon of radar coverage, vectored from point to point by the all-seeing presence of ATC. And while controllers are human and occasionally make mistakes, the checks and safety nets in place rarely result in close calls, let alone bent metal. Itís also true that when clearances get tight in the final descent to the airport, responsibility is handed over to the pilot.

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