July 2016 Issue

Course Reversals

Holds, procedure turns and their siblings all have the same basic purpose: realign the aircraft with the final approach course. Except when they canít.

The good news about this plan was the VOR/DME procedure we wanted to fly into Winter Haven used LAL as an initial approach fix. The middling news was we were doing this at 2700 feet msl, 700 feet above the minimum crossing altitude at LAL, to stay above KLALís Class D, which tops out at 2600. So Iíd need to carefully pull the plug after crossing LAL to ensure I could get down to the MDA before getting too close to the airport. But the hold at LAL coming off the miss at VDF had us going the opposite direction, and we were trying to do this on our own, using published procedures.

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