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6 Questions To See How Much You Know About GPS Approaches

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  1. 1) You're inbound from the northeast when center changes you over to Potomac approach. What frequency would you expect to use?
    View KRIC GPS Z RWY 16 Approach Chart

    Aircraft inbound from 001 degrees to 185 degrees contact Potomac Approach on 126.4.

    Aircraft inbound from 001 degrees to 185 degrees contact Potomac Approach on 126.4.

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  2. 2) You're at 4,000' MSL, 25 NM to the northeast of Richmond. ATC says "Cessna 344DS, proceed direct EPICS, expect the GPS Z runway 16 approach." Upon reaching EPICS, you...
    View KRIC GPS Z RWY 16 Approach Chart

    You must maintain your altitude until you have 1) been cleared for the approach and 2) you're on a published portion of the procedure. Since you haven't been cleared for the approach, you must maintain at 4,000' until further notice.

    You must maintain your altitude until you have 1) been cleared for the approach and 2) you're on a published portion of the procedure. Since you haven't been cleared for the approach, you must maintain at 4,000' until further notice.

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  3. 3) ATC says "Cessna 344DS, cleared RNAV (GPS) Z RWY 16 approach, contact Richmond tower on 121.1" You cross IFPIG and you're established inbound on the final approach course. What altitude can you descend to prior to the final approach fix?
    View KRIC GPS Z RWY 16 Approach Chart

    Now that you're cleared for the approach and you're between IFPIG and FIBUG, you can descend to 2,500' MSL.

    Now that you're cleared for the approach and you're between IFPIG and FIBUG, you can descend to 2,500' MSL.

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  4. 4) What type of approach lighting should you expect to see as you approach the runway?
    View KRIC GPS Z RWY 16 Approach Chart

    You're looking for MALSR lights, and you know that by looking for "MALSR" and the icon at the top of the approach chart.

    You're looking for MALSR lights, and you know that by looking for "MALSR" and the icon at the top of the approach chart.

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  5. 5) Why is the missed approach waypoint symbol circled on the approach chart?
    View KRIC GPS Z RWY 16 Approach Chart

    The waypoint is a fly-over waypoint, and must be flown directly over. The other waypoints are fly-by waypoints that can use turn anticipation.

    The waypoint is a fly-over waypoint, and must be flown directly over. The other waypoints are fly-by waypoints that can use turn anticipation.

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  6. 6) If you have to go missed in a no-wind situation, what is the best way to enter the hold at HAGLI?
    View KRIC GPS Z RWY 16 Approach Chart

    The best way to enter the holding pattern is a teardrop entry. You could also use a parallel entry, but since the inbound course and holding pattern are 1 degree off, teardrop is the closest pick.

    The best way to enter the holding pattern is a teardrop entry. You could also use a parallel entry, but since the inbound course and holding pattern are 1 degree off, teardrop is the closest pick.

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Well, that could have gone better...

Your score: % That was a tough approach.

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Nice work, you've got most of these approach questions down.

Your score: % Not bad.

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Well, you pretty much nailed this approach...

Your score: % Well done!

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Corey Komarec

Corey is a commercial aviation student, Certified Flight Instructor and commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings at the University of North Dakota. He has been flying since 16 years old, and is pursuing a career in the airlines. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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