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Features December 2017 Issue

Dark on the Details

Dark on the Details

Flying to familiar airports often means skipping over the fine print on approach procedures—not the best of habits, especially when arriving in the dark.

Call it the familiarity trap. When planning a new route or destination, you carefully examine the charts, procedures, airport diagrams, and approach minimums. But you tend to skip a lot of these steps on well-worn routes and at your home ‘drome. It’s near-certain that you’ll eventually discover how this complacency can be a big gotcha.

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