Learning Experiences

June 2002 Issue

Extra Excitement

“The Extra turned onto runway 22 [and] continued on a collision course with us.”

During a recent instrument competency check, my instructor and I were making our last approach of the day, an ILS to runway 4 of our home field. Since we had successfully completed the required “hand-flown” ILS at another airport, this one was to be flown by my Mooney Ovation’s autopilot.

The weather was clear, with light and variable winds at the surface. The plan was for me to demonstrate the transition from instruments with the autopilot flying to a full stop landing on runway 4. There was no reported traffic in the pattern at our uncontrolled home field. This was verified by another Mooney, which had just departed runway 22.

Everything worked as advertised and I reported our positi...

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