Video: ILS to minimums in a Citation

Some pilots think flying aerobatics or gliders is the most fun you can have with a pilot certificate. But for others, nothing beats the rush of a well-flown instrument approach to minimums. In this week’s video, you’ll fly left seat in a Citation CJ1+ jet on an ILS approach all the way to minimums. See how early you can see the runway lights, then tell us – does this look like fun or hard work?

Video from David Bamford

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John knows how lucky he is to go to work every day at an airport. As Vice President of Sporty’s Pilot Shop’s Catalog Division, he says, “I get to hang around airplanes all the time, flying regularly and testing new products for the catalog.” Coming from an aviation family, John grew up in the back of small airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. Ever since, he has been hooked on anything with wings and regularly flies a Citabria, a Pilatus PC-12 and a Robinson R44 helicopter. Despite his love of low and slow flight, John says, “I love the challenge of IFR flying in the system. Seeing the runway lights as you break out on approach is a thrill.”


  1. Love videos like this, they help me learn how approaches look and sound like from a pro perspective, thank you for putting it together and sharing it!
    That said, I’m still alarmed by how many bits and pieces of the communcation I still don’t understand (even when I play them back and forth!) because they’re slang and/or rattled down so fast it’s more mumbling than clear instruction/readback, or sometimes I guess I trip over waypoint names (contributing factor is the fact that Enlish is not my native language).
    May I suggest to provide more captions that show what is being transmitted? Also, for the purpose of understanding the approach a split screen or inset of arrival/approach plate would be very helpful.

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