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Old 28th May 2021, 10:17
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Join Date: Jan 1999
Location: UK
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Perhaps apocryphal, perhaps an embellishment of the truth . . .

In the early days of BEA autoland operation a Trident is inbound to LHR, which is stubbornly below limits for Cat I ILS, with little improvement likely for a while. The three pilots find––a rarity––that not only are all of them autoland certified, but so is the Gripper's autopilot. So they carefully brief themselves on the procedures and calls required.

Checking in with London Airways (as it used to be) they are instructed to maintain FL350 and call entering the hold at Lydd. So they play their master card, announcing their special capabilities and requesting descent for an approach and autoland.

'Roger, Bealine, the RVR is now 700 metres and you're number 17 in the landing sequence.'
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