Flying

SCANNING TECHNIQUES

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While ADS-B can be an incredible tool on the flight deck, it needs to be incorporat­ed well into a pilot’s good old-fashioned VFR scanning technique. Here are a few tips on how to do that:

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Before you approach the holdshort line for takeoff, scan base and final for any traffic on those segments. Then, take a look at the traffic display to find any targets that are in the traffic pattern to back up your visual scan.

2

After takeoff, lower the nose briefly around 500 feet agl to check for oncoming traffic.

3

Once you’ve departed the pattern, ensure that the traffic display is set to the appropriat­e range ring for your phase of flight. Recheck this periodical­ly.

4

Use your outside scan generously and your inside scan judiciousl­y; let one trigger the other so you are not favoring either exclusivel­y. What does that mean? When you check for traffic on the display, back it up with a full left-to-right scan outside. When you scan outside, back it up with a quick check of the display.

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