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Quiz: 6 Questions To See If You Can Fly The ILS 27R Into Detroit

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Don't make a mistake going into a busy Class Bravo.

  1. 1) You are in an autopilot and DME equipped Cessna 210 being vectored for the ILS 27R. ATC says "Cessna 315VQ, turn left heading 300, intercept the runway 27R localizer." By the time you intercept the localizer, you are now 5 miles from STANS. How far are you from the runway?
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    You are currently 18.4 NM from the runway threshold.

    You are currently 18.4 NM from the runway threshold.

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  2. 2) ATC now clears you for the ILS 27R. Around DOTTI, ATC makes an announcement to all aircraft that radar is down temporarily in the Detroit-Metro airspace. Can you shoot this approach still? What do you need to do?
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    In the notes section, it states that DME or Radar is required in order to shoot this approach. So, if you are established on the ILS when this outage occurs, you are good to go. Remember, AIM 5-3-3 also requires you to make a report to ATC when leaving the final approach fix on an ILS when you aren't in radar contact.

    In the notes section, it states that DME or Radar is required in order to shoot this approach. So, if you are established on the ILS when this outage occurs, you are good to go. Remember, AIM 5-3-3 also requires you to make a report to ATC when leaving the final approach fix on an ILS when you aren't in radar contact.

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  3. 3) The Detroit-Metro airspace has now regained radar service. Now, ATC is reporting an RVR of 2400 with ceilings at 100'. Can you continue with the approach, assuming your flight is Part 91?
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    Under Part 91 regulations, you are legally allowed to start and continue with an approach knowing that the weather is below minimums. In this case, you may continue.

    Under Part 91 regulations, you are legally allowed to start and continue with an approach knowing that the weather is below minimums. In this case, you may continue.

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  4. 4) Ok...autopilot is engaged, glideslope and the localizer are captured, now you're just waiting to see the runway at/before minimums. If ATC reports ceilings of 200' but visibility of 1800 RVR, what are you going to do?
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    In the notes section, you are allowed to decrease your minimums to 1800 RVR if you use the FD, AP or HUD to the DA. So, you continue with the approach to minimums. Also, keep in mind, in order to descend below minimums, you need to have the required inflight visibility (which is not RVR), so you need to do convert to statute miles when RVR is being reported.

    In the notes section, you are allowed to decrease your minimums to 1800 RVR if you use the FD, AP or HUD to the DA. So, you continue with the approach to minimums. Also, keep in mind, in order to descend below minimums, you need to have the required inflight visibility (which is not RVR), so you need to do convert to statute miles when RVR is being reported.

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  5. 5) You reach minimums and see the approach lights, so you continue to 100' above TDZE but still only see the approach lights. You hope you'd see the red side row bars but now realize that...
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    Unfortunately, you are shooting an ILS equipped with MALSR ALS, which don't have red side row bars or red terminating bars. So, if you still only see the approach lights at 100' above TDZE using the MALSR ALS as a reference, you will need to go missed.

    Unfortunately, you are shooting an ILS equipped with MALSR ALS, which don't have red side row bars or red terminating bars. So, if you still only see the approach lights at 100' above TDZE using the MALSR ALS as a reference, you will need to go missed.

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  6. 6) Ok, so you had to go missed. ATC wants you to climb and maintain 4,000' and proceed direct to the alternate missed approach fix. If this fix is just northwest of the field, what type of holding entry can you expect?
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    This will be a direct entry to the hold with standard right turns.

    This will be a direct entry to the hold with standard right turns.

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Corey Komarec

Corey is an Embraer 175 First Officer for a large regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota, and he's been flying since he was 16. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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