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‘Blind Landing’ skills for Chinese pilots

China’s civil aviation authority said yesterday that pilots will have to acquire added skills to land in low visibility.

Pilots who fly to and from the country’s top 10 airports, including Shanghai’s Pudong and Hongqiao, have to appear for level-2 “Blind landing” test from January 1.

“Blind landing” means pilots can land even when the runways are not clear, especially during cloudy, haze and thunderstorm days. The level-2 qualification ensures pilots can land even if the visibility is lower than 400 meters and the cloud cover lower than 80 meters. Usually, pilots can land or takeoff when the visibility is 800 meters.

“The ‘Blind Landing’ qualification will help in avoiding delays even in bad weather conditions,” an official with the Civil Aviation Administration of China said.

The local Spring Airlines has launched a training schedule for its pilots that will make some 80 percent of its  pilots capable of meeting the new requirements, a senior pilot of the budget carrier said yesterday.



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