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Quiz: 7 Questions To See If You Can Fly The LOC/DME-E Approach Into Aspen

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  1. 1) Why is the approach named "LOC/DME-E", and not "LOC/DME RWY 15?"
    View Jeppesen Approach Chart
    View FAA Approach Chart

    Only circling minimums are published for this approach. Typically, circling only approaches are designed for one of the following reasons: 1) The final approach course alignment with the runway centerline exceeds 30 degrees. 2) The descent gradient is greater than 400 ft/NM from the FAF to the threshold crossing height (TCH). 3) A runway is not clearly defined on the airfield. 

    Only circling minimums are published for this approach. Typically, circling only approaches are designed for one of the following reasons: 1) The final approach course alignment with the runway centerline exceeds 30 degrees. 2) The descent gradient is greater than 400 ft/NM from the FAF to the threshold crossing height (TCH). 3) A runway is not clearly defined on the airfield. 

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  2. 2) How many initial approach fixes does the approach have?
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    There are two initial approach fixes, both denoted by (IAF): DBL VOR and AJAXX.

    There are two initial approach fixes, both denoted by (IAF): DBL VOR and AJAXX.

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  3. 3) If you're equipped with 1 GPS receiver and 1 VHF nav receiver in your plane, can you fly the approach?
    View Jeppesen Approach Chart
    View FAA Approach Chart

    According to the chart, dual VHF navigation receivers are required for the approach.

    According to the chart, dual VHF navigation receivers are required for the approach.

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  4. 4) What descent angle do you need to fly past the final approach fix?
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    View FAA Approach Chart

    The approach requires a 6.59 degree angle from the FAF inbound.

    The approach requires a 6.59 degree angle from the FAF inbound.

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  5. 5) You've crossed DOYPE. You're flying a Category A aircraft, and you're flying at 110 knots indicated with a 10 knot headwind. How low can you descend?
    View Jeppesen Approach Chart
    View FAA Approach Chart

    According to the AIM, if it becomes necessary to fly faster than the aircraft's published category, the minimums for the higher category must be used. In this case, you're flying at a Category B speed (91 knots or more, but less than 121 knots)

    According to the AIM, if it becomes necessary to fly faster than the aircraft's published category, the minimums for the higher category must be used. In this case, you're flying at a Category B speed (91 knots or more, but less than 121 knots)

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  6. 6) How can you identify the missed approach point?
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    The missed approach point is identified by DME from I-ASE.

    The missed approach point is identified by DME from I-ASE.

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  7. 7) How far is the missed approach point from the runway threshold?
    View Jeppesen Approach Chart
    View FAA Approach Chart

    The MAP is 2.6 NM from the runway threshold, and 4 DME from I-ASE.

    The MAP is 2.6 NM from the runway threshold, and 4 DME from I-ASE.

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You have most of this approach down. Nice work.

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Colin Cutler

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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