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 Post subject: Instrument approach
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:13 pm 
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IFR takes on a whole new meaning at sea.

https://www.facebook.com/pilotscafe/vid ... 968748078/

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 Post subject: Re: Instrument approach
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:10 pm 
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what does the Pilot orientate with?

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 Post subject: Re: Instrument approach
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:52 pm 
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IFR = Instrument Flight Rules.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instrument_flight_rules

Basically, the pilot was orienting himself with the ship purely by his instruments and the ship's electronic landing aids. That somewhat hard left bank he made was him coming out of the pattern and lining up to land.

No doubt the whole thing had his butt so tight it was about to suck the cushion off his ejection seat, because humans are highly visual creatures. When our vision is limited, we start feeling a lack of control, which can lead to Bad Things like panic. He had to make himself trust his equipment, and try not to think about the near-zero visibility and "What happens if...". To that end, I imagine he was probably just focusing on his panel and HUD and trying not to look outside at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Instrument approach
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:57 pm 
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IFR operations depend on trust in the equipment and the navigation specialists. As an Army Air Traffic Controller in Germany, US pilots would cancel IFR and go visual as soon as possible, and declared missed approaches more often.
German pilots were entirely different. They fully trusted our instructions and only cancelled IFR when we asked if they were in sight of their destination.

The portable radar we used was WW2 technology, still used glass tubes and could land an aircraft dead center of the runway, plus or minus 10 feet in altitude, which was more than adequate with 1/4 mile visibility (1/2 mile is considered minimal).

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