instrument landing


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Jagannath Niroula, a spokesperson for Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority, said Pokhara International Airport’s instrument landing system will not be working until Feb. 26 -- 56 days after the airport began operations on Jan. 1. Sheikh Saaliq,, 19 Jan. 2023 Researchers have also devised a low-cost hack that spoofs the instrument landing systems that planes rely on to safely land. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 19 Oct. 2022 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, 22 Dec. 2020 Pilots landing at night must do instrument landings when a parallel runway is closed. Matthias Gafni,, 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,, 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, 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, 25 Sep. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of instrument landing was in 1938

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“Instrument landing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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