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Features July 2013 Issue

Joining the Approach

The FAA is further embracing GPS navigation by updating procedures for joining approaches. As a bonus, they’re fixing the confusion about when we need to fly procedure turns.

Controller guidance for getting an aircraft onto an approach was a hot topic at a recent Air Traffic Procedures Advisory Committee meeting of various organizations of pilots and airlines. Previously, there were two basic ways to join an approach, 1) Fly the full procedure starting from a charted route, feeder route, or Initial Approach Fix (IAF); or, 2) Get vectored to the final approach course. …

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