It differs from flying visually
above the clouds (sometimes called "VFR over the top") in that VFR over the top may be flown without even talking to ATC (whether that's a good idea is another topic).
A memorial of this tragedy remains at the spot of the collision.Investigators found that the TWA pilots were flying visually
after receiving clearance from the air-traffic controller.
Usually the pilots are flying visually
; that is, without the aid of the autopilot, in clear weather.
The prospect of flying visually
in marginal weather conditions at low altitude while configuring the aircraft for landing and, oh yeah, not straying beyond sight distance of the airport, understandably strikes fear into the hearts of many pilots, and with good reason.
in instrument conditions doesn't work for long.
A spokesperson for the MOD said, "All three aircraft were flying visually
and none of them were using their instruments or talking to air traffic control.
Of course, at this point in the landing approach, we're certainly flying visually
, no matter how we got there, so there shouldn't be any need to transition from one method of establishing the airplane's attitude to another.
Really now, no one needs CNFs when you're flying visually