ATC descends you to 600 meters. Quick check—2000 feet. They provide an intercept heading well inside of the final approach fix, which is 2900 feet. Then the pilot monitoring decides to help you - without your knowledge - by clearing the PPOS. (Present Position).
Your green line to the runway, on your map, disappears. The only green line is just in front of your plane but jetting off to the lefte
Your mind is traveling faster than the plane and you state, “Localizer captured. Glide-slope is armed and coming in nicely. Th green line is the missed approach. We don’t need the map. We’re good.”
But he says, “Don’t worry, I’ll fix it for you.”
Before you can yell stop, and quicker than the glide-slope can capture, it happens—Bells scream and lights flash, you’ve just gone through the glide-slope, the autopilot has disengaged and now you have no clue if the missed approach is in the box, or not. He’s taken out the approach in attempt to put it back in.
Quick response you re-engage the autopilot. You need everything you have to assess the situation and manage the plane. No time to spare. He has put the approach back in the box. You use vertical speed to fly down and capture the glide-slope, the most efficient option. "Course locked on, glide-slope captured, auto-thrust is engage, and our missed approach altitude is… It’s gone!” Okay… you remember … “213 feet.” Within seconds runway lights reach out through the fog… and you have a visual. But no automatic call-outs because you no longer have the MDA set.
You break out. “Runway in sight.” You glance at the altimeter—300 feet. Deep breath, and you disconnect the autopilot and land.
A nightmare in the making…
or a chapter in an aviation thriller?
What went wrong with this approach? Take a guess then join me on Thursday for the answer.
Enjoy the Journey!