Whoa of the Day: Rain Cover

The approach flown was a CAT I ILS. I could see the rain column approach from the other side of the field so I got out my phone camera from the jump seat. You can hear the GPWS announce minimums at 200′ AGL, and shortly after all visibility is lost due to rain. You do not hear the “50” foot call out during the touch and go, but it had to be close. The HUD really provides incredible center-line tracking, although you can’t see the symbology from the camera angle.

Ultimately, we had plenty of fuel on board and we where given radar vectors back for another approach. In just 15 minutes the rain had passed and the sun was coming out.

I have to admit that is was simultaneously terrifying and impressive. Terrifying because of the immediate and dense curtain of rain and impressive because of how the flight crew handle the situation.

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