March 2018 Issue

The Alternate Missed

The alternate holding fix is depicted on the approach plate but the procedure won’t be in your GPS database. Instead, you’ll find it in a Notam.

I was in the left seat of a Beech Bonanza, receiving an instrument proficiency check in the Kansas City, Mo., area. We departed Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport (KLXT), simulating a takeoff into instrument conditions, and proceeded toward Midwest National Air Center Airport (KGPH), a short distance to the north. My instructor gave me headings to simulate radar vectors in the clear, cold and turbulent low-level air.

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