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6 Questions To See How Much You Know About Approach Charts

Time to find out what you know...


  1. 1) What is this section of an approach chart called?

    This section is called the plan view. It gives you an overhead view of the approach to be flown. 

    This section is called the plan view. It gives you an overhead view of the approach to be flown. 

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  2. 2) What does this number indicate?

    This number indicates the step down fix for the non-precision or localizer only portion of the approach. 

    This number indicates the step down fix for the non-precision or localizer only portion of the approach. 

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  3. 3) You see these three hollow ovals on the approach chart. What do they indicate?

    These ovals show you where the displaced runway threshold is for the runway of intended landing. 

    These ovals show you where the displaced runway threshold is for the runway of intended landing. 

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  4. 4) What is this called?

    This is called a lead radial. It's a radial used to help get an aircraft established on the final approach course. 

    This is called a lead radial. It's a radial used to help get an aircraft established on the final approach course. 

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  5. 5) What do these two numbers represent?

    The first number indicates the decision altitude in MSL, followed by the runway visual range (RVR) visibility in hundreds of feet. 

    The first number indicates the decision altitude in MSL, followed by the runway visual range (RVR) visibility in hundreds of feet. 

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  6. 6) What does this symbol represent?

    This symbol is the vertical descent point or the VDP. It is the point on the non-precision approach where a normal descent to land can be made at a 3-degree glide path. 

    This symbol is the vertical descent point or the VDP. It is the point on the non-precision approach where a normal descent to land can be made at a 3-degree glide path. 

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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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