Starting Jan. 1 next year, aviation authorities will require pilots flying to Beijing to be qualified in using instruments to land in poor visibility, China Daily reported Thursday, citing sources at the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The policy is part of efforts to raise the on-time performance of flights to the Beijing Capital International Airport amid delays during hazy days, the sources said. Instrument-landing systems guide approaching aircraft through a combination of radio signals and high-intensity lighting to safe landings when visibility is poor due to rain, snow or smog, according to the newspaper. About 80 percent of the pilots at Spring Airlines Co. Ltd., half of China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. (00670.HK, 600115.CN) and most of Juneyao Airlines Co. Ltd. pilots have received training on instrument landing, the report said.
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