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Features November 2017 Issue

ILS Nuances

ILS Nuances

Contrary to what you thought in training, an ILS is really pretty simple. Just intercept the glideslope and ride it to the runway, right? But, there are other details worth considering.

The standard ILS approach is kind of a seen-one-seen-’em-all situation. Sure, the numbers vary from one to the other, but the technique is rather straightforward and they’re all mostly the same. All you have to do is get established on the localizer, usually with a few turns from your friendly controller, wait for the glideslope needle to come in and then just follow them both to the runway. And, that’s just about all there is to it. Until there’s more…

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