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Features June 2019 Issue

Traffic Jam in Iowa

Traffic Jam in Iowa

Ever find yourself in conflict with VFR traffic on an IFR approach? It can happen when you least expect it. What are your options?

Among the caveats, though, is the fact that the guaranteed traffic separation works great with IFR aircraft, but not so much with VFR aircraft. On top of that, even those who always fly IFR must be in VFR mode at certain times, e.g. to depart and pick up a clearance, or to cancel IFR at or before the final landing phase. Even if you had those protections all the way in, though, you could be left to your own devices if VFR traffic conflicts occur. And they do.

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