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Quiz: Do You Know These 6 Common Approach Chart Symbols?

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  1. 1) What is this number?

    This is a minimum required altitude for this approach segment. You need to stay at or above this altitude prior to reaching DEGAN.

    This is a minimum required altitude for this approach segment. You need to stay at or above this altitude prior to reaching DEGAN.

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  2. 2) What are these dashed lines?

    This shows a graphical depiction of the lateral course on the missed approach segment toward the holding fix.

    This shows a graphical depiction of the lateral course on the missed approach segment toward the holding fix.

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  3. 3) What does this star mean?

    This star identifies the location of the rotating beacon.

    This star identifies the location of the rotating beacon.

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  4. 4) When using BEBKE as the IAF for the approach, what is this pattern for?

    This is the procedure turn for the approach, which is designed to align you on the final approach course.

    This is the procedure turn for the approach, which is designed to align you on the final approach course.

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  5. 5) What is this symbol?

    This is the Visual Descent Point for the LNAV approach. At this point a normal descent to the runway may be conducted; however, any point passed the VDP may provide a descent angle that's too steep in order to make a stabilized approach. Due to this, you must consider the idea of going missed at the MAP if the runway environment is not in sight by the VDP.

    This is the Visual Descent Point for the LNAV approach. At this point a normal descent to the runway may be conducted; however, any point passed the VDP may provide a descent angle that's too steep in order to make a stabilized approach. Due to this, you must consider the idea of going missed at the MAP if the runway environment is not in sight by the VDP.

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  6. 6) What are these ovals?

    These indicate the location of the middle and inner marker beacons for the ILS approach.

    These indicate the location of the middle and inner marker beacons for the ILS approach.

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Corey Komarec

Corey is a commercial aviation student and commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings who attends the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota. He has been flying since his junior year of high school and has since started his flight instructing training. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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