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? :)


World'sMostAnxiousPerson said...

OK I didn't spot the airport, let alone the runway until you were over the warehouses at the end.

I sat at home yesterday and watched squall lines of snow come in across the lake. I would not want to be flying in that :(

whywhyzed said...

Nicely done, but must have been close to minimums, eh?

Anonymous said...

same thing happened to me in the MU heading into CYTZ... life sure is interesting.

Aviatrix said...

I don't watch cockpit video much. That was really bothering me because I hadn't put the gear down and had no way to confirm. I think that's how some people feel when the books aren't lined up with the edge of the table or their food is touching.