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Quiz: 6 Questions To See How Much You Know About Approach Charts

How much do you know about them?


  1. 1) What is this section of an approach chart called?

    This section is called the plan view. It gives you an overhead view of the approach to be flown. 

    This section is called the plan view. It gives you an overhead view of the approach to be flown. 

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  2. 2) What does this number indicate?

    This number indicates the step down fix for the non-precision or localizer only portion of the approach. 

    This number indicates the step down fix for the non-precision or localizer only portion of the approach. 

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  3. 3) You see these three hollow ovals on the approach chart. What do they indicate?

    These ovals show you where the displaced runway threshold is for the runway of intended landing. 

    These ovals show you where the displaced runway threshold is for the runway of intended landing. 

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  4. 4) What is this called?

    This is called a lead radial. It's a radial used to help get an aircraft established on the final approach course. 

    This is called a lead radial. It's a radial used to help get an aircraft established on the final approach course. 

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  5. 5) What do these two numbers represent?

    The first number indicates the decision altitude in MSL, followed by the runway visual range (RVR) visibility in hundreds of feet. 

    The first number indicates the decision altitude in MSL, followed by the runway visual range (RVR) visibility in hundreds of feet. 

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  6. 6) What does this symbol represent?

    This symbol is the vertical descent point or the VDP. It is the point on the non-precision approach where a normal descent to land can be made at a 3-degree glide path. 

    This symbol is the vertical descent point or the VDP. It is the point on the non-precision approach where a normal descent to land can be made at a 3-degree glide path. 

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Corey Komarec

Corey is an Embraer 175 First Officer for a 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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