Features April 2018 Issue
Nearly gone, these last-resort radar-only procedures used to be far more common, but remain a viable way to get down through the muck when you’re out of other options.
Before the advent of GPS approaches, most civilian approach control facilities provided Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR) approaches, usually as a back-up to pilot-nav approaches. Many are now gone but some airports still have them. In Florida, only two civilian airports have ASR approaches: Key West and Tallahassee, at opposite ends of the state. However, there are seven military airports with ASR approaches.