Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Surprise ILS!

We are based at Toronto Pearson, and having flown into YYZ for the past 8 years, the approaches are pretty familiar.  This is one of the more interesting ones we have done, and it happened this afternoon. 

The ATIS says visibility 5 miles with a 4,000' ceiling.  Not a big deal, right?  The snow squall clearly didn't listen to the ATIS though.  As you can see from the video, the visibility is fine, except for the wall of white in the distance.  Hmm, it looks like it's not that far off actually.  Hmm.

Skip to around 3 minutes in, and follow along with us as we try to find the runway.  I called tower and asked for the runway lights to be lit up to max, and they replied with "Oh yeah, the visibility has just gone down".  Ya think? :)