visual flight

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visual flight

[′vizh·ə·wəl ′flīt]
(aerospace engineering)
An aircraft flight occurring under conditions which allow navigation by visual reference to the earth's surface at a safe altitude and with sufficient horizontal visibility, and operating under visual flight rules. Also known as VFR flight.
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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.
Flying visually 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.