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June 2007 Issue

Briefing The Approach

Taking a focused moment to prepare the cockpit for an approach also help prepare the pilot for the transition from en route environment to landing. Hereís how.

If your initial instrument training was anything like mine, you started flying approaches on the first or second lesson. Usually the CFII would set up the radios, say something about minimums and let me chase the needles. As I progressed toward the rating, I did more and more of the set-up myself, quickly becoming (what I thought was) expert at reading approach charts. Iím not faulting my double-Ióthis was just the way it was done in that part of the country at that time.

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