July 2018 Issue

Approach Gates

Approaches are a lot easier if you think of the various fixes on the way to the runway as points at which to manage speed, configuration and descent rate.

An instrument approach procedure is often described as a series of windows, or gates, extending from the final approach fix (FAF) to the missed approach point (MAP). Stay within the ever-narrowing vertical and lateral limits and youíll arrive at the MAP on glide path and centered on the inbound course. Itís far less common to extend this concept backward from the FAF through the terminal area to the en route environment, and forward from the MAP through the missed approach to the holding fix.

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