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Features August 2016 Issue

Missed Approaches

Missed Approaches

Some missed approaches require circling climbs to a holding fix overhead. Simple enough, but words can be deceiving. Maybe you should get the whole picture beforehand.

Climbing to hold over an airport to wait for better weather or traffic is nearly always referenced against a VOR that is located on or very close to the airport, so you really can’t get lost. Plus, there’s at least one runway right below in case of any issues that might develop. What’s more, obstacle clearance is straightforward—poles, towers and trees are only so tall and you don’t have to worry about encountering significant terrain rising up from the airport itself.

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