instrument landing

noun
an aircraft landing accomplished by use of gauges on the instrument panel and ground-based radio equipment, with limited reference to outside visual signals.

Origin:
1935–40

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instrument landing
 
n
an aircraft landing relying only upon instruments and ground radio devices, usually made when visibility is very poor

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It is being considered as the precision instrument landing system of the future.
Its approach lighting system and instrument landing system enable aircraft to land in inclement weather.
Instrument landing systems, a new weather system processor and other approach lighting and runway lighting systems were installed.
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