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Features April 2014 Issue

Visual Area Protection

Penetrations of the visual areas on instrument approaches have been a hot topic for the last year. It’s starting to stabilize with some recent FAA guidance changes.

Visual area penetrations have become a challenging problem for the FAA, airports and pilots. First, keeping track of them can be a moving target. Then there’s the conflict between the hazard of visual area obstacles and the safety benefit of using an advisory glidepath. Although we’ve covered various aspects of this topic in the April and July 2013 issues of IFR, recent changes could affect approaches you fly.

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