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Features January 2020 Issue

Any Ol’ Alternate

Any Ol’ Alternate

Itís usually easy to pick an alternate thatís both legal and safe. But when the weatherís down, meeting both can be a challengeóeven at home over breakfast.

Pop quiz: When must you file an alternate? Thatís an easy one, we all know the rule about needing 2000-3 one hour before and after the ETA. Next question: When do you file an alternate? Probably the most common answer is, ďI always file an alternate.Ē Fair enough, itís never a bad idea. Now, regulations aside, why do you file an alternate? Naturally the response is: In the event the weatherís gone down too low at the destination and we need somewhere else to go. Right up there is an unexpected loss of equipment or a navaid required for an approach. And while the regs are also designed to provide a backup for lost communications, this often serves as a distant third, ícause these days weíre just not all that worried about that.

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