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Features November 2018 Issue

Procedure Turn Basics

Procedure Turn Basics

Ever begin a procedure turn apprehensively, unsure if you should fly it or not? Ever get barked at for not reporting procedure turn inbound correctly? You’re not alone.

Teardrops are pretty rare (See “Driving All Night,” October 2017.) and permit aircraft to reverse course and lose a significant amount of altitude within a defined area (these are often found at military or joint-use airports). These are entered at the initial fix, proceeding outbound on the defined radial, and initiating a turn inbound at the defined point or distance. Think of it as a conventional procedure turn, but usually much larger and with explicitly defined segments.

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