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Visual ILS

Post by Lurch » Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:57 pm

What does "cleared the visual ILS" mean?

What does this give you that just being cleared the approach doesn't?

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Re: Visual ILS

Post by NJ » Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:00 am

sounds like someone is skipping words. Should be "Cleared visual or ILS." Just make sure you hit the IF and the FAF and everything is good.
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Re: Visual ILS

Post by ywgflyboy » Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:46 pm

I think that is how my approach clr was given once when I was on a x-country VFR and requested permission for a vectored ILS (for practice).
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Re: Visual ILS

Post by aircrow » Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:17 pm

If you're VFR, you should have your exercise approved VFR, not actually given a clearance.
"ILS Runway 25 approved VFR" I believe is the correct phraseology.
I think I've heard WestJet ask for the visual ILS and do the visual approach via the FACF.
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Re: Visual ILS

Post by ahramin » Sun Jan 10, 2010 4:29 pm

This doesn't make sense to me. If you are cleared for a visual, you don't have to fly over any specific point.

If you are cleared the visual, that should be it no? Cleared "Visual or ILS" equates to cleared "Visual".
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Re: Visual ILS

Post by NJ » Sun Jan 10, 2010 4:36 pm

Sometimes a flight over a certain point is required to maintain separation from other IFR or VFR. If you're given a left or right hand visual with no restrictions it shuts down the airport for departures until you're inside the control zone (then the tower can take control of you from the Centre if certain criteria are met). A visual where you turn final at 6DME or further, or visual via the IF making it a straight in keeps everyone else moving.

Not sure the phraseology for IFR, but if someone wants a practice approach in the tower it's "Simulated ILS/VOR/etc runway XX approved, maintain VFR at all times." We in the tower are also specifically forbidden in MANOPS to clear someone for a simulated approach.
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Re: Visual ILS

Post by ahramin » Sun Jan 10, 2010 4:42 pm

Sometimes a flight over a certain point is required to maintain separation from other IFR or VFR.
Obviously. I have been given visuals that require joining final at a certain fix, or crossing a certain fix at a certain speed. But how would "cleared Visual or ILS" accomplish this?
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Re: Visual ILS

Post by Lurch » Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:23 pm

I'll clearify a bit.

"ABC is cleared the visual ILS 30"

I have heard this numerous times into YEG and YYJ, maybe others but these are the two that come to mind.

I have been cleared this at least twice, I just flew it like a normal ILS. I was in YEG a few days ago and I heard this once again so I thought I'd ask.

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Re: Visual ILS

Post by Braun » Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:35 pm

Hmm, weird. As a controller i've never heard this, I presume they clear you for the visual but want you to follow the localizer on final to make sure you aren't offset. I would say "ABC cleared visual approach rwy XX track the localizer for final" or something like that. Maybe even "intercept final on the localizer". But cleared visual ILS RWY XX doesn't make sense to me.
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Re: Visual ILS

Post by Tango01 » Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:18 am

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Re: Visual ILS

Post by ahramin » Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:26 pm

Tango1 that article is about best practices in the cockpit, not atc clearances. Since you bring it up though, are IFR pilots really doing visuals without backing them up with some sort of nav?
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Re: Visual ILS

Post by Apache64_ » Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:21 pm

Just a stab. But if you get cleared for a visual via the ILS, ATC will be able to reduce seperation between aircraft, such as a visual departure? They will also know where you will be going pretty well, but they can keep the traffic tighter. Just a guess...I really have no clue.
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Re: Visual ILS

Post by Braun » Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:08 pm

I don't really see how that would work apache. For us to reduce separation between two arrivals there has to be one of two possibilities:

#1 The aircraft is following the other aircraft on a visual approach and is instructed to follow the preceding aircraft. This can happen only if the aircraft behind reports the one he is following in sight. This makes ATC no longer responsibile for 3nm lateral separation(3nm,4nm,5nm,6nm in the case w wake turbulence is applicable) or 1000ft vertical.

#2 The aircraft on final becomes towers control. Usually there is a set point on final where tower takes control of aircraft, given the prevailing meteorological are good enough, which allows the terminal to longer have to provide 3nm except when there is wake turbulence separation then it has to maintained until touchdown. Once the first aircraft is tower's control 3nm spacing is no longer required which allows for much more efficient traffic flow. This allows you to have a tigher final so you can be more efficient. WAKE TURBULENCE MUST ALWAYS BE MAINTAINED NO MATTER WHAT EXCEPT IF THE AIRCRAFT IS FOLLOWING ON A VISUAL, IT IS THEN PILOTS RESPONSIBILITY.

So to recap unless an aircraft is instructed to follow another on a visual approach or is towers control you cannot reduce spacing between IFR aircraft.

Now as for cleared the visual ILS I believe it is just bad phraseology for, track the localizer for final cleared visual approach runway XX.

P.S. This does not include special procedures I believe are used in YYZ that reduce to 2.5nm spacing. This is how, YUL, YOW, YQB work.
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Re: Visual ILS

Post by Apache64_ » Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:09 am

Yup, I had no clue. I assumed wake turbulence would never be waived. I assumed seperation would only change if both aircraft had receieved a visual approach clearance. As well, I wasn t sure what the seperation requirements were for two ifr aircraft both on visual approaches. So, this is why I fly and not control.

Sorry for the horrible spelling.


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Re: Visual ILS

Post by wordstwice » Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:43 am

Yes, this is probably just a case of phraseology that may not be completely correct.

Either it was a VFR aircraft doing a simulated ILS, in which case the phraseology should have been "simulated ILS approved, maintain VFR at all times" etc etc...... or,

It was an IFR aircraft doing a visual approach but ATC wanted them to follow the Localizer for some reason, (predictability of flight path, stay clear of other airspace or traffic, or whatever)
In that case, the phraseology should have been "Cleared for the visual rwy XX approach, follow the localizer on final" or some variation of that.
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