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Quiz: Can You Answer These 7 Non-Precision Approach Questions?

How much do you know about non-precision approaches?

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  1. 1) What's the minimum equipment you need to fly this approach?
    KMIW VOR RWY 31 Chart

    You only need a single VOR to fly this approach

    You only need a single VOR to fly this approach

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  2. 2) You've been cleared via V2 to AXN and you're at 14,000' 39 NM away from AXN. ATC clears: "Cessna Four Bravo Delta, cleared for the approach into Alexandria, frequency change approved." What's the lowest you can descend right now?
    KAXN VOR 22 Chart
    L14 Enroute Chart

    You can descend because you've been cleared for the approach, and you're on a published route segment. You can't descend to the MOCA (3000') until you're within 22NM of AXN.

    You can descend because you've been cleared for the approach, and you're on a published route segment. You can't descend to the MOCA (3000') until you're within 22NM of AXN.

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  3. 3) What's this approach's initial approach fix?
    KMIW VOR RWY 31 Chart

    The JWJ VOR is the initial approach fix (IAF).

    The JWJ VOR is the initial approach fix (IAF).

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  4. 4) You decide to execute the VOR RWY 22 because the ILS is out-of-service and you don't have GPS. ASOS reports the winds out of 330 at 25 knots, with ceilings varying from 900 to 1100 feet. Can you plan to circle to land on Runway 31? (Category A Aircraft)
    KAXN VOR 22 Chart

    This approach allows you to circle-to-land.

    This approach allows you to circle-to-land.

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  5. 5) Why does a star (*) precede the 1620' descent altitude? You can only descend to 1620 before TUWAJ:
    KMIW VOR RWY 31 Chart

    The 1620' step down or MDA only applies if you have a local altimeter setting. Otherwise, you're limited to 1700'.

    The 1620' step down or MDA only applies if you have a local altimeter setting. Otherwise, you're limited to 1700'.

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  6. 6) You're cleared for the approach, and you decide to fly the arc, but as you near R-044, you're still at 11,000'. How can you get more time to lose altitude?
    KAXN VOR 22 Chart

    The arc prohibits a procedure turn, so you need to call ATC and request holding.

    The arc prohibits a procedure turn, so you need to call ATC and request holding.

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  7. 7) What's your missed approach point?
    KMIW VOR RWY 31 Chart

     The JWJ VOR is your missed approach point (MAP).

     The JWJ VOR is your missed approach point (MAP).

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Nice work - now get out and practice some approaches.

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Well, you pretty much nailed this quiz.

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Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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