The Expressway Visual Tutorial
The Expressway Visual is one of the most interesting Approaches in America. Aircraft follow the Long Island Expressway before making a banking turn over Citi Field. Then pilots land on Runway 31 at LaGuardia Airport. In this Tutorial, we discuss the basics of this world famous approach. Stay with me as we go through all aspects of the Approach.
The LGA Expressway Visual Approach is widely available and can be found on many sites for free. I’ve attached the one that I’ve found below:
Here is a handy resource for people looking for a video. I’ve attached the Cockpit View of a CRJ-900 perfectly executing the Approach.
After looking at the chart and video, you may still be wondering what exactly is happening. That is ok! I’m here to walk you through it.
Step 1: The start of the Approach puts you on a straight In for Runway 04. Aircraft follow the straight in until point DIALS.
Step 2: Once at point DIALS, aircraft turn to heading 085°. This is where the Long Island Expressway comes into view. Aircraft follow the Expressway until CitiField.
Step 3: CitiField is a marker to turn. Aircraft turn over CitiField and over Flushing Meadows Park.
Step 4: Continue the turn until you align with Runway 31. You may get quite close to the water. That is normal. The Approach is a challenge. It takes some practice.
Remember the Visibility Requirements! A 3000ft Ceiling and 5 SM Visibility is required for the Approach.
If you are performing this on Expert, it’s best to contact your controller prior to the Approach.
I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial! Any questions can be listed down below. Signing off for now!