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Instrument Flight Rules

Volume 113: debated on Monday 30 March 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport under what circumstances, at night, the pilot of an aircraft engaged on an instrument flight rules flight is permitted to accept, from the air traffic control unit at his destination, responsibility for his own separation from other aircraft as a result of cancelling his instrument flight rules plan during his approach to land.

The rules under which aircraft flying within the United Kingdom airspace may fly are laid down in the Rules of the Air and Air Traffic Control Regulations 1985.Rule 17(1)(a) states that:

"Notwithstanding that the flight is being made with air traffic control clearance it shall remain the duty of the commander of an aircraft to take all possible measures to ensure that his aircraft does not collide with any other aircraft".