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Features May 2015 Issue

The Contact Approach

An often misunderstood outlier of IFR flight, the contact approach can be useful in certain, carefully selected situations.

There are three ways to arrive at an airport when operating under IFR: a standard instrument approach procedure (IAP), a visual approach and a contact approach. A great way to bring hangar flying to a screeching halt is to ask about a contact approach. A lot of IFR pilots know that it is some sort of visually-flown maneuver, but when asked how it differs from a visual approach, blank stares often ensue. Letís fix that.

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