I live and work in Greensboro NC. This morning, the smoke was so thick, you could smell it. This afternoon, there’s still a considerable haze. Visibility has been 5 miles all day. I decided to do a quick hop in my newly acquired P2006T since I hadn’t yet tested the ILS. (My first flight in it was into TNCM.) My normal hop for that is to take off from W88 heading west, hang a left at Lake Brandt, then catch the beam into 23L. All I can say is a return trip would be a bad idea right now. That beam is the only thing that got me lined up with the runway because I couldn’t see the runway until I was much closer. Trying to find W88 again in that soup would be tough! The visuals in the sim after shutdown pretty much duplicate what I saw when I left work, which is less than a mile off in the distance from where I took this screenshot.
Oh, and the Tecnam handled the beam like a champ. I just need to remember to get slowed down a little before final - she doesn’t like to bleed off speed very well, even at idle.
For those that don’t know about the smoke from the Canadian fires, have a look at this map.