July 2009 Issue

Briefing The Slam-Dunk Approach

The reason doesnít matter, but youíre way behind the airplane at the final approach fix. Which corners can you cut to safely find the runway?

Where you are, droning along in IMC, when suddenly youíre almost on top of the final approach fix and havenít planned for the procedure, much less set up the cockpit. How are you going to get safely from the FAF to the runway? It doesnít really matter why you find yourself here. Maybe you spent too much time at altitude without oxygen and it suddenly dawned on you where you are and what you need to do. Maybe the right engine just committed harikari and is dangling from the wing. Maybe a passenger needs urgent medical assistance. It doesnít matter. The problem is youíre about to shoot an approach for which you havenít briefed yourself or configured the airplane. What are you going to do

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