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)
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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.
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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Part 3 concludes the final chapter of this series. The approach is the last segment on our flight plan that will ultimately guide us down to the runway if planned appropriately. Most of us are familiar and proficient with flying and getting setup for approaches. But in update 20.1, things have changed slightly on the flight planning side.
At the end of this tutorial you’ll be able to:
Add an Approach and be able to understand the different types of approaches…
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As you can see, this is the ILS DME runway 27R approach for London Heathrow.
On the top there are a few frequencies, I will not talk about those as they are not important for IF. So lets start:
LOC IRR 110.3, This is the primary navaid for this a…
You can just click VNAV and descend using that :)
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
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.
I usually do 3000 AGL and 180 knots.
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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