AlanB wrote:Best to apply the strictist law - law of self preservation. I.e. don't fly below any objects and don't hit anything!
...and this is exactly my position.
It is impossible for anyone in Gatwick, Westminster or Strasbourg to determine, years in advance, whether a particular approach is safe on any particular day; I am in a better position to decide that for myself on a case by case basis.
The danger is that if the law says that something is acceptable, people will confuse that for being safe. For example, I would far prefer to land in 700m RVR off an ILS into LHR (which is illegal) than to fly a raw data Shoreham 20 NDB to minima on a raw and blustery night (which is legal).
The interesting anomaly is the recommended higher minima for IMCR holders. I've never really understood their place in the ANO/AIP. In law there is either a prohibition or there isn't and there isn't, so those recommendations belong in Safety Circulars, not organs of law.