Takeoff and Landing in Zero Visibility

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    Is it legal for planes to takeoff and land in zero visibility? Is it safe?

  • In the US, for general aviation flights, operating under Part 91 of the FARs, it is legal to take off with zero visibility (see page 2-2 of the IPH, PDF). In my opinion, it is not safe. If an emergency were to take place, you would be unable to return and land; under Part 91, it is not legal to land unless conditions are equal to or better than a runway's published approach minimums.

    Unless you've got a great alternate nearby, conditions are improving rapidly, or you've got an extra engine or two, you probably shouldn't take off in conditions you couldn't land in.

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