SonicZoom87 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 30 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1463 times:
I'm a fan of aviation but have not yet taken courses of piloting and navigation.
This questions I would like for pilots to answer of anyone that is informed of such. Basic qustions probably for pilots but sure interesting for fans like me.
1) Do pilots turn off their navigational screens for "visual approaches"?
2) Do pilots prefer to use ILS even when not necessary, maybe just for a little extra accuracy or informational help?
3) Who usually lands the aircraft? Pilot or Copilot? Is it whoever for just practice? or does one do takeoff and the other landing?
I know these must be very simple questions to answer but is always fun knowing the answers from professionals.
PhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1431 times:
1) All the screens stay on and all the information is displayed just as if you're doing an ILS/LOC/VOR approach. However, the flight director is turned off.
2) Normally, the ILS is left on, just for reference.
3) Depends on the airline. However, generally speaking you take turns. One pilot flies the first leg, takeoff and landing. Then the other pilot does the next leg, and so on. Usually, you do the takeoff and the landing. Some airlines have weather minimums where the Capt would have to do the landing.