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Remarks November 2019 Issue

Make a Note

Make a Note

There’s a reason for all those cryptic little symbols on the approach charts. In the rush of flight planning, it’s best to actually take a second to understand them.

Does this meet your takeoff minimums? As a Part 91, single-engine-land flyer it can legally be as low as 0/0, but you prefer to be able to be able to make it back in if need be, plus a little margin. So use the RNAV 15 approach as the backup. But wait: You’re LNAV only, no vertical navigation, so your MDA is 1920 feet with one-mile visibility. This is nearly 100 feet higher than the current ceiling—still legal to fly under §91.175, but not a good turnback plan.

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