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Quiz: Can You Fly The RNAV (GPS) Y RWY 5L Into Raleigh-Durham?

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  1. 1) What are the sectors surrounding MUTSE, FOGAP, and SCHOO?
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    The Terminal Arrival Area (TAA) is considered a published portion of the approach. If ATC clears you for the approach while in this sector, you are allowed to descend to the altitude specified.

    The Terminal Arrival Area (TAA) is considered a published portion of the approach. If ATC clears you for the approach while in this sector, you are allowed to descend to the altitude specified.

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  2. 2) In the profile view, it says that the VGSI and RNAV glidepath are not coincident. What does this mean?
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    VGSI, or Visual Glide Slope Indicator, will not match up with the glidepath when you break out of IMC. Be aware that you may not initially have 2 white and 2 red PAPIs when transitioning from instrument to visual flying.

    VGSI, or Visual Glide Slope Indicator, will not match up with the glidepath when you break out of IMC. Be aware that you may not initially have 2 white and 2 red PAPIs when transitioning from instrument to visual flying.

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  3. 3) You are in a Bonanza, equipped with an AP/FD (both inoperative). ATC has you proceed direct SCHOO and tells you that simultaneous approaches to runways 5L and 5R are in effect. Can you fly this approach?
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    In the header, it states that in order to fly this approach with simultaneous operations, the use of an FD or AP is required. In this case, with both of these inoperative on your aircraft, you cannot accept this approach.

    In the header, it states that in order to fly this approach with simultaneous operations, the use of an FD or AP is required. In this case, with both of these inoperative on your aircraft, you cannot accept this approach.

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  4. 4) If you fly the approach using the LPV line of minimums, how high above the ground will you be when you reach your decision altitude?
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    You will be 211' AGL at the DA.

    You will be 211' AGL at the DA.

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  5. 5) Looking at the airport diagram (FAA), what is indicated by the white dots on the runway?
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    This indicates that this runway has centerline lighting.

    This indicates that this runway has centerline lighting.

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Well...that could have gone better.

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That was a little bumpy...but not bad.

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Nailed it!

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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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