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  • Instrument Approach Briefings Have Key Elements

    Jeff Flynn, Chief Pilot, MnDOT Aeronautics|Jun 1, 2022

    The purpose of an instrument approach procedure is to allow pilots to transition from the instrument environment to the visual environment. Instrument approaches come with clearly defined procedures that allow pilots to navigate to a point near a destination airport, ideally allowing the pilot to visually acquire the runway for landing. The part that is not clearly defined is how to brief an approach prior to commencing the approach. In most cases, it is left to the pilot to decide exactly how...

  • How COVID-19 Changed Things For Pilots

    Jeff Flynn, Chief Pilot, MnDOT Aeronautics Services|Dec 1, 2021

    In March of 2020 my family and I took a vacation to Mexico. Upon arriving at the airport, I wondered if I was making a big mistake. At the time I wasn’t worried about shortages of meat or paper products. What was troubling me was how this mystery virus might impact our return flight. It turns out that we arrived back in the United States about a week before the airline ceased operations to our destination. The definition of the word “trips” was about to change. As we entered the pandemic, the definition of trips had become more about climbing a...

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