instrument flying

the control and navigation of an aircraft by reference to its gauges, with no or only limited visual reference outside the cockpit.

1925–30 Unabridged
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instrument flying
the navigation of an aircraft by the use of instruments only

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Example sentences
As pilots gain proficiency in instrument flying, they become less susceptible
  to these illusions and their effects.
Instrument flying for all segments of the aviation industry would become
  routine within the next decade.
Last minute changes in approach procedures are a routine part of instrument
Legal instrument flying requires advanced training, an instrument rating, and
  sophisticated avionic equipment.
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