Weekly tips, technique and training from IFR.

Features November 2019 Issue


The Instrument Procedures Handbook contains basic TERPS information such as this excellent graphic depicting the ROC, and primary and secondary areas..


You can expertly fly an approach in gusty winds, but do you know how much obstacle protection you have? Class is in session on the basics of procedure design.

Since we trust our lives to procedures designed to TERPS standards whenever we’re in the soup, let’s pull back the curtain just a little bit to see what’s going on behind the scenes of our approach charts. Note that collectively the TERPS standards easily run over 1000 pages and often involve quite a bit of math, so this is intended to be an overview and is by no means exhaustive. We will be looking at basic concepts and how they apply to approach procedures in this article; in a future article we’ll discuss standards for other phases of flight.

To continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to IFR Magazine

Get the next year of IFR Magazine for just $19.97. Get access to all articles published online. Features, reviews, lesson, quizzes - get it all.

That's a savings of more than $14 off the regular rate. Or double your savings and subscribe for 14 issues for just $39.94.

Get IFR Digital

Get 12 months of IFR DIGITAL for just $34. You get unlimited access to everything on the site including each monthly issue as a PDF.

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.