外文标题：China tells pilots to improve landing skills to deal with Beijing smog
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have told pilots who fly to Beijing they must be qualified to land their aircraft in the low visibility bought about by smog, state media said on Thursday, as the government tries to reduce flight delays due to pollution.
Beginning January 1, pilots flying from the country's 10 busiest airports into the Chinese capital must be qualified to use an instrument landing system on days when smog reduces visibility to around 400 meters (1,315 feet), the official China Daily said, citing China's civil aviation regulator.
"It is part of a series of measures the administration took recently to raise the flights' on-time performance," the newspaper quoted an unnamed aviation official as saying.
Despite investing billions of dollars in new airports and advanced Western-built aircraft, China suffers a chronic problem with flight delays, partly because of the country's often wildly-fluctuating weather and partly because the military tightly controls most of China's airspace.
"Considering the recent smog and haze has bought numerous troubles to air transport in eastern and southern regions, it seems necessary for authorities to ask pilots to improve their landing capability in low visibility," the China Daily quoted Ouyang Jie, a professor at Civil Aviation University of China, as saying.
The report added that only a handful of Chinese airports have the instrument landing systems required for aircraft to land in poor visibility.
Someday, China's state media will announce that all Chinese citizens must go out from their houses at a 6 in the morning to synchronize inhaling to minimize smog. They'll do it 3 times a day then the air will be cleared, its good for their health and help uplift their sense of humor.
I hope airlines personnel would get hazard pay for working in a chemical weapons zone in China.
Wow! They would rather live in filth than do anything about it.
Pollution control must be in place... anyway they have a good excuse just in case an accident happens. PILOT ERROR!
Beijing needs more electric cars.
Improving landing skill regardless of weather condition is a must but then the Chinese authorities should either do something about the smog condition caused by pollution and/or instal more instrument landing systems to prevent any mishap.
Did they say, 'smog is good for you.'
If you can't stand the smog, get back in the kitchen!
Quamie El Bin Fartein
Hummgh ? i thought other day China said smog good for people,sign of economic growth ?
Good thing not going to clean up the air? Not like there are a ton of technical solutions to avoid all of this? Yikes....
Flying blind, that's what I do.
They can't even land the safest jetliner ever made in broad daylight ! Just ask the passengers of Asiana Airlines !
Welcome to the land of (s)hit and (p)iss.