May 26, 2013

The PDF link below is a very interesting look at instrument approach clearances from the controller’s side. We’re getting new clearance specifications starting next month. A common area of confusion, the hold in-lieu of procedure turn, is now much clearer. If there’s a hold pattern depicted at the IAF, and we’re intercepting the IAF at 90 degrees or less from the next course, we’ll be cleared “straight-in” to mean that we are expected not to do the procedure turn in the hold pattern. If we have a greater than 90 degree intercept, we’ll be expected to execute the procedure turn in the hold pattern.

http://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Notice/N7110.615.pdf

May 26, 2013

Please don’t land like this in our planes! The first landing, in the very strong crosswind, is a great example of landing in a crab. Something you’d only want to do in a plane like that.