Aviation Dictionary

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ILS

Instrument Landing System. This is a very accurate instrument approach which gives guidance in both the vertical (glideslope) and horizontal (localizer) planes. The benefits of this system over other navaids is that the minimum altitude for a Missed Approach is much lower than that of an NDB or VOR.

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