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Features May 2013 Issue

Resume What Speed?

Flying an arrival with clear speed and altitude restrictions isnít terribly difficult. But it can get challenging when ATC steps in with new restrictions and you donít know the lingo.

Back in February we took a look at the PUFFR ONE arrival into Denver Centennial and highlighted how a “descend via” arrival clearance with multiple speed and altitude restrictions works in a perfect world in which procedures are flown exactly as charted. Just as often, however, pilots are given vectors off the arrival or additional speed or crossing restrictions that are not charted. These ATC instructions could be due to a local playbook change that…

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