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Quiz: Can You Fly The GPS RWY 9 Approach Into San Diego?

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  1. 1) You're flying on a southernly heading to San Diego. You contact SoCal Approach and request the RNAV (GPS) Runway 9. They say "N216BD, proceed direct CAPUS and hold as published, maintain 3,000. Expect further clearance 2050Z, time now 2045Z." If you are on a 180 course to CAPUS, what is the most appropriate entry?
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    Since you are on a 180 course to the fix, you are in position to use a teardrop entry.

    Since you are on a 180 course to the fix, you are in position to use a teardrop entry.

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  2. 2) At 2049Z, ATC says "N216BD proceed direct SARGS, cleared RNAV (GPS) Runway 9 approach." You initially...
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    You must stay at your current altitude until you are on a published portion of the approach. Since SARGS is the IAF, you need to maintain your last cleared altitude until you reach SARGS.

    You must stay at your current altitude until you are on a published portion of the approach. Since SARGS is the IAF, you need to maintain your last cleared altitude until you reach SARGS.

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  3. 3) Approaching SARGS, ATC tells you to contact Lindbergh tower. You call up on...
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    In the frequencies box, the tower frequency is 118.3.

    In the frequencies box, the tower frequency is 118.3.

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  4. 4) You get to SARGS and proceed inbound to GATTO. Assuming you're flying this as an LPV approach, what's your glide path angle?
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    It states in the profile view that your GP (glide path) angle is 3.10 degrees.

    It states in the profile view that your GP (glide path) angle is 3.10 degrees.

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  5. 5) What's the required visibility for the approach if you're flying is as an LPV?
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    The minimums sections states that you need 4000 RVR.

    The minimums sections states that you need 4000 RVR.

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  6. 6) You reach minimums, and the weather is well above minimums. What will you expect to see?
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    According to the chart, you'll see all three things as you break out of the clouds. The airport beacon will be on the right side of the runway, PAPIs will be on the left side of the runway, and the runway will have a MALSR approach lighting system.

    According to the chart, you'll see all three things as you break out of the clouds. The airport beacon will be on the right side of the runway, PAPIs will be on the left side of the runway, and the runway will have a MALSR approach lighting system.

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Corey Komarec

Corey is a commercial aviation student, CFII and commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings at the University of North Dakota. Corey has been flying since he was 16, and he's pursuing a career in the airlines. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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