Features February 2014 Issue
Planning for a Letdown
Once you’re up, you gotta come down, and you should do so with a plan. There are lots of ways to plan that descent and your choice depends on many factors.
Cruise through aviation forums on the Internet and you’ll find descent planning is a popular topic. Ask how people plan their descent and answers range from, “I wait for ATC to give me lower,” to a series of calculations, with a lot of rules of thumb in between.
Actually, decent planning at its finest really isn’t as simple as the former, but doesn’t need all those in-flight calculations, either. The variability comes in the type of