"You may also establish on the ILS if you are unfamiliar to the airport, then once you have the runway/airport in sight, you cancel the approach and fly visual. "
That's exactly the procedure at CMF
- pilots follow the ILS for runway 18 then switch to visual on short finals as the ILS is not really aligned with the runway due to positioning restrictions (mountains and lake nearby). So IFR aircraft fly the standard ILS RWY18 approach regardless of wind then either land runway 18 (duh!) or fly runway 36 visually. In that case, it is the F/O that is PF
as he/she will be flying the a/c with the approach plate on yoke and executing an right-hand turn just before the city of Chambery.
These were shot in aircraft that had landed runway 36, you can clearly see the pattern followed on the approach plate :
Now I must say that it's more an IGS than an ILS that we have at CMF
...it happened a couple of times that pilots were flying full-ILS approaches in Cat. III conditions...and broke through the clouds above the north parking lot (read : spotters' area) and executing a hasty go-around in the process
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