One of the more interesting challenges for pilots is making instrument approaches in mountainous terrain. Imagine the feeling the first time you descend into the clouds from above where you can see mountains all around you, and tell me if it doesn't cause you to pull your seat belt just a little tighter! When learning to fly an instrument approach one of the things that happens is the student's desire to keep looking outside even when there is nothing to see! Developing the skill to concentrate on the instruments during the approach is critical to the success of the flight. We all can relate to the number of accidents by inexperienced pilots who encounter instrument conditions and don't have the experience, training or license to enter the clouds often resulting in a fatal accident. But there is a certain beauty and peacefulness to any instrument approach, but one through the mountains can be even more exciting. In the following video an aircraft makes an instrument approach through the mountains surrounding Queenstown, New Zealand
. Besides the incredible beauty experience the descent through clouds surrounded by mountains to an uncertain destination:
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