instrument landing


Definition of instrument landing

: a landing made with limited visibility by means of instruments and by ground radio direction

Examples of instrument landing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Until 2015, Metro had been allowing two planes to land simultaneously in poor visibility, both using their runway's instrument landing systems. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Whistleblower claims runway at Detroit Metro Airport unsafe," 22 Dec. 2020 Pilots landing at night must do instrument landings when a parallel runway is closed. Matthias Gafni,, "SFO near-miss: Capt. ‘Sully’ pushes bill, says ‘biggest threats are runway related’," 8 Aug. 2019 The flight crew failed to engage the plane’s instrument landing system, which would have provided a warning that they were not lined up with the correct runway. Matthias Gafni,, "SFO near-miss: Capt. ‘Sully’ pushes bill, says ‘biggest threats are runway related’," 8 Aug. 2019 The countries also disagree on an instrument landing system used by a Singapore civilian airport since January that allows landings in low visibility. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "Singapore, Malaysia move to cool airspace and sea disputes," 8 Jan. 2019 The Air Canada crew, cleared for a visual approach around midnight, failed to use the standard instrument landing system U.S. carriers typically require their pilots to rely on as a backup for precision approaches in similar circumstances. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Taxiway Collisions Emerge as Biggest Threat to U.S. Air Travelers," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of instrument landing

1938, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jan 2021

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“Instrument landing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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