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Quiz: Can You Fly This ILS Approach And Circle-to-Land?

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Are you ready to fly this approach?


  1. 1) The winds are favoring runway 12L. If you fly the ILS 30R approach, are you able to perform a circling approach to runway 12L at night, assuming all equipment is operative?
    View Jeppesen Approach Chart
    View FAA Approach Chart

    There aren't any restrictions that would prevent you from circling to runway 12L.

    There aren't any restrictions that would prevent you from circling to runway 12L.

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  2. 2) What will your circling MDA be? (assuming you're flying at Category A speeds)
    View Jeppesen Approach Chart
    View FAA Approach Chart

    According to the chart, category A and B circling minimums are 6340' MSL.

    According to the chart, category A and B circling minimums are 6340' MSL.

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  3. 3) Where will you intercept the glideslope on this approach?
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    View FAA Approach Chart

    You'll intercept at ALIKE. On FAA charts, the lightning bolt symbol identifies glideslope intercept. On Jeppesen charts, the glideslope/path intercept point in the profile view identifies it.

    You'll intercept at ALIKE. On FAA charts, the lightning bolt symbol identifies glideslope intercept. On Jeppesen charts, the glideslope/path intercept point in the profile view identifies it.

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  4. 4) What type of approach lights will you expect to see at the approach end of runway 30R?
    View Jeppesen Approach Chart
    View FAA Approach Chart

    Runway 30R has MALSR approach lights, which are depicted on the approach chart.

    Runway 30R has MALSR approach lights, which are depicted on the approach chart.

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  5. 5) You're maneuvering your plane on a left downwind to circle to land on runway 12L, and you lose sight of the runway. What should you do?
    View Jeppesen Approach Chart
    View FAA Approach Chart

    If you lose visual contact with the runway, you should immediately execute a missed approach. For a circling approach, you should make a climbing turn toward the landing runway (in this case, climbing left turn) until you are established on the missed approach course, then follow the missed approach procedure.

    If you lose visual contact with the runway, you should immediately execute a missed approach. For a circling approach, you should make a climbing turn toward the landing runway (in this case, climbing left turn) until you are established on the missed approach course, then follow the missed approach procedure.

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  6. 6) You go missed, and you get yourself established on the missed approach procedure on your way to HYGEN. What type of holding entry should you make?
    View Jeppesen Approach Chart
    View FAA Approach Chart

    You should execute a direct entry on this hold.

    You should execute a direct entry on this hold.

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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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