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Features May 2016 Issue

Scud Running and RNAV Approaches: A Little Bit of Both

Scud Running and RNAV Approaches: A Little Bit of Both

Whatís the use of an instrument approach with minimums 1000 feet above standard VFR? Not much when the users prefer a scud run that actually gets the job done.

In most of the world, a shiny, new RNAV approach that lowers minimums by 500 feet is cause for celebration. Not so at Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska. At least thatís what one Alaskan pilot and IFR reader tells me. Our phone call puzzling out a potential solution revealed limitations of cockpit tech, the practicality of old-school scud running, and a potential remedy by blending the two.

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