Cloud Clearance Made Easy – The Point and Wait Video

There has been a lot of talk about the “point and wait” trick for cloud clearance since my first post on the subject. To clear up any questions on the matter, I went up and shot some video of this rule of thumb in action. Check it out and spread the word.


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Pat Flannigan is a professional pilot and aviation blogger. He has been flying for fifteen years and is currently working as an airline pilot in the United States.

3 Replies to Cloud Clearance Made Easy – The Point and Wait Video

  1. Julien says:

    Awesome video… Those clouds do zoom by quickly in your airplane :-) What I like is that the point and wait trick works just as well if the cloud is changing shape while getting closer. Neat!

  2. Thanks Julien.. You’d be surprised at how much time it took to edit a whopping two minutes of video! And yeah, I think my favorite part of the job are those moments where you are doing mach .77 just a few feet above a cloud layer: video doesn’t even come close to conveying the feeling of speed.

  3. Mark Freeman says:

    This is actually the Rotation of the Line of Sight rule. Air launched missiles use it to continually reduce the intercept error. You can observe this on the road. When approaching an intersection, look at a vehicle approaching from the left or right. Fix it with your eyes on a spot on the windshield/window, do not move your head, glance back and forth to the intersection and the vehicle. If the vehicle stays in the same spot, a collision will happen. You can enhance this by increasing or decreasing your speed and observe the vehicle move from the spot. Remember – always maintain control.

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