All of my flying hours as a pilot have been in optimal visual conditions. I am not trained or licensed to fly into areas of low visibility.
Learning how to fly a plane and actually flying the plane are easy compared to flying a plane on instruments alone. A pilot has to learn how to ignore physical cues and a lifetime of hand-eye coordination when flying without an outside visual reference.
As I was returning home a couple of days ago from a multi-day project, I found myself looking out the window of a 737 into some of the thickest clouds that I could ever remember.
Of course, the pilots were in complete control. The conditions were not a factor for any aspect of the flight. They were doing their job and I was getting a great ride and some free entertainment that you’ll never see on a screen.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.