Some thoughts about expectation bias and how insidious it can be, the morning after my first approach in actual IMC at night, which was down to 640 ft, approximately 440 ft above DA on the ILS 11 at KMSY (Louis Armstrong New Orleans International).
This was the end of a long 540 nm night cross country with beautiful VMC until about 10 nm from New Orleans. There were two large convective cells .... READ MORE
I told the students that we needed to discontinue the lesson and return VMC to KCLW. I did promise to demonstrate the visual approach feature of the Garmin GTN so they could at least get some value of the time.
This is where the bears came out to play. Tampa approach was busy and there were multiple people in the pattern, so I made the mistake.... READ MORE
First, the controller issued a bit of an unusual altitude to the pilot, which was modified to an even more unusual altitude. While it’s not normal to be assigned a strange altitude... READ MORE
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