FAA explores why Des Moines International is challenging for pilots to find at night


The FAA’s From the Flight Deck video series uses cockpit-mounted cameras to capture runway and taxiway footage and combines them with diagrams and visual graphics to clearly identify hot spots and other safety-sensitive items.

Des Moines International is a medium sized multi-use airport, located south of the city of Des Moines, Iowa, at the western edge of a large residential area.

This video explores why Des Moines International’s geographical location is said to make it a bit challenging for pilots to find at night and how utilizing all available navigation tools such as ILS, GPS, and VOR can make this challenge that much easier.

This ongoing series is full of useful videos and safety information covering everything from knowing when and where to hold short to exploring wrong surface landings at airports with parallel runways with staggered thresholds.
Watch the full series here.
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