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Can You Fly This RNAV Approach Into Rocky Mountain Metro Airport?

It looks simple, but is it? See if you have what it takes to fly this approach into Rocky Mountain Metro...

  1. 1) The winds are favoring runway 11L. If you fly the RNAV 29R approach, are you able to perform a circling approach to runway 11L at night, assuming all equipment is operative?
    View RNAV RWY29R Approach Chart

    You got it. The only runway you aren't allowed to circle to at night is 11R, if the visual glide slope indicator lights are inoperative.

    Nice try. The only runway you aren't allowed to circle to at night is 11R, if the visual glide slope indicator lights are inoperative.

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  2. 2) The local altimeter setting isn't available, so you need to use the Denver International altimeter. What will your circling MDA be? (assuming Category 1 aircraft)
    View RNAV RWY29R Approach Chart

    You got it. According to the instructions in the top-left of the chart, if you need to use the Denver Intl altimeter, you need to increase all MDA by 100'. Since the normal Category 1 circling MDA is 6180, your MDA for the approach will be 6280.

    Nice try. According to the instructions in the top-left of the chart, if you need to use the Denver Intl altimeter, you need to increase all MDA by 100'. Since the normal Category 1 circling MDA is 6180, your MDA for the approach will be 6280.

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  3. 3) What is the final approach fix for this approach?
    View RNAV RWY29R Approach Chart

    You got it. The final approach fix is, ALIKE, which is denoted with '(FAF)' on the planview, and a black 'X' on the profile view.

    Nice try. The final approach fix is, ALIKE, which is denoted with '(FAF)' on the planview, and a black 'X' on the profile view.

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  4. 4) What type of approach lights would you expect to see at the approach end of runway 29R?
    View RNAV RWY29R Approach Chart

    You got it. Runway 29R has MALSR approach lights, which are depicted at the top of the approach chart.

    Nice try. Runway 29R has MALSR approach lights, which are depicted at the top of the approach chart.

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  5. 5) As you're maneuvering your plane on a left downwind to circle to land on runway 11L, you lose sight of the runway. What should you do?
    View RNAV RWY29R Approach Chart

    You got it. If you lose visual contact with the runway, you should immediate execute a missed approach. For a circling approach, you should make a climbing turn toward the landing runway until you are established on the missed approach course, then follow the missed approach procedure.

    Nice try. If you lose visual contact with the runway, you should immediate execute a missed approach. For a circling approach, you should make a climbing turn toward the landing runway until you are established on the missed approach course, then follow the missed approach procedure.

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  6. 6) You get established on the missed approach procedure and you're headed to HYGEN. What type of holding entry should you make?
    View RNAV RWY29R Approach Chart

    You got it. Since you're entering approximately 60 degrees from the inbound holding heading of 306, a direct entry would be the most appropriate.

    Nice try. Since you're entering approximately 60 degrees from the inbound holding heading of 306, a direct entry would be the most appropriate.

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You've got this approach down...for the most part.

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You're an RNAV approach expert!

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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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