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Old 11-09-2008, 12:24 AM   #1
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I know there's a few pilots on here. This is a-freaking-mazing.

Pilot blinded by stroke is guided safely to ground - Yahoo! News


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Old 11-09-2008, 12:42 AM   #2
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Amazing story !!!

Can't let wife see that, she hates to fly as it is.........


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He was not completely blind... his vision was pretty degraded though. On the recordings you can hear him talking to the military pilots and he sayes he has the runway in sight. I dunno, pretty amazing though. Id just couple up the ILS and let the thing autoland!

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Old 11-09-2008, 02:58 AM   #4
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Id just couple up the ILS and let the thing autoland!
Wait, those things can land themselves? As someone who flies frequently (and badly) I don't like the thought of that. I want a human in control of those things.

Great, something else to think about when I fly.
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Wait, those things can land themselves? As someone who flies frequently (and badly) I don't like the thought of that. I want a human in control of those things.

Great, something else to think about when I fly.
Don't worry. They only use the autolanding system when they have more to drink than usual.
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Don't worry. They only use the autolanding system when they have more to drink than usual.
Well, that was really helpful. I fly again in two weeks, family in tow this time. I must purge my head of this thought.
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I am taking a load of un-suspecting passengers to LGA tomorrow afternoon! HE HE HE HE!

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Don't worry. They only use the autolanding system when they have more to drink than usual.
Seriously. Some of the most insane parties I've been to was when I was in flight school and the local corporate pilots would get something going. Funny thing was, was most of these shindigs were held in a hangar on the field. These guys really taught me how to drink. From what I remember...
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I'll pray for them.

I have often wondered this from flying into LGA a number of times: are the approaches stepper than normal? They sure seem that way.
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Nope, they are all about 3 degrees, like all others. There is a highway visual approach that demands some steep turns to the runway which can be unsettling, but other than that they are all 3 degree slopes.

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