Hey everyone! In the following topic, I will be going over the circle to land procedure into runway 36 at Calvi. Calvi is a beautiful town located on the northwest coast of Corsica, a mountainous island in the Mediterranean. It is a popular tourist destination, home to one of Corsica’s four main airports. The airport itself is surrounded by intimidating terrain, only accommodating aircraft up to the A321. Calvi welcomes year-round flights from mainland France, an influx of seasonal carriers such as Volotea and Easyjet serving the destination during the summer months.
The STAR itself is pretty straight forward, proceed from one of the 4 initial waypoints to waypoint
ILBOU, which is also 10 miles out from CLI, the LOC DME for RWY 18. For guidance reading and implementing STARs, click here. Upon reaching ILBOU, pilots will be intercepting the localizer for runway 18.
In short, a localizer approach is like an ILS but without the glideslope. Instead, pilots use other aids to descend safely and land. For the time being, these type of approaches in Infinite Flight are depicted as ILS approaches and have a generated glide slope in-game.
Above is the localizer approach chart for runway 18. After having intercepted the localizer from ILBOU, pilots should follow it until
D4.2 CLI , which is 4.2 miles out from the runway. Handily, this is represented by the waypoint 42DME in-game. As seen on the chart, I have circled 2 points in red, the first one being the ‘M’ located beneath D4.2. This shows that pilots would need to be at the MDA (Minimum decision altitude) upon reaching this waypoint. The box on the lower right-hand side of the chart contains the information for the ‘CIRCLE-TO-LAND RWY 36.’ It states the MDA to be 1700ft, 1490ft AGL. This tells us that for the circle to land, pilots will need to be at 1700ft when 4.2 miles out to correctly initiate this approach.
And now for the fun part. Upon reaching D4.2 CLI, turn right heading 190 degrees, maintaining an altitude of 1700ft. Once abeam the threshold (start of) runway 36, turn to a heading of 180 degrees. After turning, set your selected landing flaps and decrease speed to
vapp , this is your final approach speed. Once abeam the quarry, which is decently visible, start your base turn and descent.
Please note that you can also use the 20-second reference, waiting 20 seconds before turning to 180 and turning base, if you are struggling to make visual contact with the quarry.
Be aware that it is a steep turn, you will be exceeding 20 degrees. Aim to be at 500 ft when aligning with the runway.
If you are not visual by D4.2 CLI, the MDA, commence a missed approach. The procedure can be found in the small white box, top left, in the visual approach chart. It can also be found on the loc approach chart.
If a go-around is initiated, please continue to the end of the runway before intercepting the same missed approach procedure listed above, initially heading directly to the CV NDB before turning to CALNO, as stated in the LFKC Airport Briefing.
I personally recommend watching the following informative video in order to familiarise yourself with the approach prior to flying it:
Airbus CIRCLING APPROACH CALVI by CAPTAIN JOE - YouTube
Radar Control @LFKC
It is possible for radar frequencies to be open at LFKC. Here is a little note on what to expect under IFATC control:
- In case of the circle to land RWY 36 being in use, expect vectors to D4.2 CLI. Prior to this point, you will have been asked to ‘report airport in sight.’ After confirming visual contact with the airport, you will be cleared for the approach. At this point, pilots are expected to manually fly the approach entering, left downwind for 36 and appropriately coming into land.
- In case of moderate traffic, pilots can expect a hold at waypoint
ILBOUas depicted in the STAR chart
- Vectors will be provided for all go around and missed approach aircraft
- Departing aircraft should expect altitude restrictions when arriving traffic is moderate
Note: I, unfortunately, had to replace my annotated charts with some standard government ones. I hope that this topic will still be of good use. Apologies for the inconvenience, Dimitri.