Altitude for approach

Hey IFC,
What altitude do you aim to be at when starting your approach? I want to be realistic and I’m not sure what altitude to be at.

Here is a photo to be clear of what I classify as “starting your approach”


(The start of the triangles)

Thanks everyone 🙏

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the initial approach altitude can be found in the approach charts.


here is an example from KEWR
you can see the glide path just under the map.

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Is that the altitude that they give you when filing your FPL?

yes, but do note they can vary as there are different types of approaches.

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almost forgot, if you need help reading an approach chart, visit here

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You can just click VNAV and descend using that :)

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It’s different for every approach so I would advise consulting the charts but a general rule of thumb is 3000ft AAL (above aerodrome level) at the top of the cone. And keep 3000ft until you’re established

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The approach altitude can be found on ILS plates/approach charts if you want to be realistic. However, anywhere between 2500 to 4000AGL should work.

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I usually do 3000 AGL and 180 knots.

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I would recommend if you are uncertain get yourself familiar wit the use of procedures. APP and STAR. That’s the main reason why they exist. And using em makes it easier for ATC to handle all the traffic.

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