Learning Experiences

December 2002 Issue

Cleared to Land

“Suddenly to our right appeared an Airbus 340, descending on a collision course”

I have been flying for 19 years and now fly corporate/mission operations overseas. The overseas operations, which I have done for six years, have provided many excellent learning opportunities – as well as some scary moments.

Last week we were returning from an international, operating our Twin Cessna in and out of marginal VFR/IFR conditions.

When descending for the main international airport it is always imperative to monitor every transmission. This is doubly true in developing countries. Although this particular airport is an international airport, the radar operates perhaps 30 percent of the time and ATC uses broken English and fluent French. In many instances there are two and...

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