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Quiz: Could You Fly This ILS Approach Into Kalamazoo?

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  1. 1) While ATC is vectoring you for the ILS, they advise you that the latest ATIS is reporting 1 SM visibility and 100' ceilings. Can you request clearance for the approach? (Part 91 flight)
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    You can, however, it's not necessarily the best idea. While there are no weather restrictions for a Part 91 flight to start an approach, it's probably a good idea to consider holding or diverting to your alternate airport.

    You can, however, it's not necessarily the best idea. While there are no weather restrictions for a Part 91 flight to start an approach, it's probably a good idea to consider holding or diverting to your alternate airport.

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  2. 2) A few minutes later, a special observation is released, and the new weather is reported at 1 1/4 SM visibility, with ceilings overcast at 300'. ATC clears you for the ILS approach 5 miles outside of AUSTIN. What's the lowest you can descend to before intercepting the glide slope?
    View Kalamazoo ILS RWY 35 Approach

    According to the approach chart, 2800' is the lowest you can go before you intercept the glide slope.

    According to the approach chart, 2800' is the lowest you can go before you intercept the glide slope.

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  3. 3) Which is these is NOT an acceptable way of identifying the AUSTIN locater/outer marker?
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    Both ADF and GPS will work.

    Both ADF and GPS will work.

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  4. 4) As you get close to your decision altitude, you can see the MALSR lights, but you can't see 1/4 mile. What should you do?
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    Even if you can see the approach lights, you also need to be in a position to land, and have the required flight visibility. And in this scenario, you don't have the required flight visibility.

    Even if you can see the approach lights, you also need to be in a position to land, and have the required flight visibility. And in this scenario, you don't have the required flight visibility.

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  5. 5) What kind of visual descent lights would you expect to see on runway 35?
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    The 'P' inside the circle on the left side of the runway (on the airport diagram) means the PAPI lights will be there.

    The 'P' inside the circle on the left side of the runway (on the airport diagram) means the PAPI lights will be there.

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  6. 6) You execute the missed approach. Which way CAN'T you identify the UPJON intersection?
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    You can identify UPJON with every technique except ADF. 

    You can identify UPJON with every technique except ADF. 

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You're a little off course on this ILS - time to go missed.

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Not a bad ILS. Could be better, but not bad.

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You pretty much nailed this ILS.

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