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Features September 2019 Issue

Good Plan Gone Awry

Good Plan Gone Awry

Flying at the edge of your comfort level means youíre also at the edge of your discomfort levelóany little thing can make the difference. Youíve gotta think ahead, busy or not.

Time to check Off-Route Obstruction Clearance Altitudes. These start at 3400 to 4000 feet then quickly get up to 6000. The terrain continues to rise towards 8000 feet past Scottsbluff. Uh, weíre not in Minnesota anymore. OROCAs, as defined by the Instrument Procedures Handbook, are for situational awareness and emergency use. While OROCAs provide standard obstacle clearance margins (1000 feet in non-mountainous areas), you canít count on them. You decide itís safest to file for 8000 feet.

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