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Features March 2016 Issue

Flying Into Procedure Turns

We’ve calculated the time-equivalent distances covered in a standard 45-180 procedure turn. Use your own speed to determine your actual distances.

Flying Into Procedure Turns

We seldom fly a full approach with procedure turn. But when we do, there are a few basic rules to consider and even just a little technique—like when you start the turn.

It seems pretty obvious—start the procedure turn (PT) past the “remain within” fix and don’t exceed the specified distance. But, there are other considerations such as having enough time and distance to make the FAF altitude inbound. Then, there’s the Buchannan Field VOR Runway 19R approach at Concord, CA (KCCR). Here, the chart clearly shows that the procedure turn begins after HUKVI. Or does it?

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