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Quiz: Can You Fly The RNAV 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 visibility minimums are listed for the approach if you're flying to the LPV line of minima?
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    The minimums sections requires RVR 4000. However, Part 91 operators can't use RVR. You'll need to use the FAA's comparable values chart, and convert RVR to SM. On the comparable values chart, RVR 4000's comparable value is 3/4 SM. So you'll need 3/4 SM flight visibility to land from the approach.

    The minimums sections requires RVR 4000. However, Part 91 operators can't use RVR. You'll need to use the FAA's comparable values chart, and convert RVR to SM. On the comparable values chart, RVR 4000's comparable value is 3/4 SM. So you'll need 3/4 SM flight visibility to land from the approach.

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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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    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.

    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 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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