# Why is a procedure turn required if you are more or less on the final approach course?

From this question. I am not instrument rated. The answers to the question explain, from the point of view of the plate instructions, if a PT is required or not. The OP was failed for not performing a hold.

However, I can't see why a turn or hold is required at all. If you are approaching within say 30 degrees, why would you not simply turn onto the final approach course and fly the approach (assuming that you are cleared of course)?

If you were simply cleared direct to BEJCY and cleared for the approach, then your instructor is correct and you should have completed the procedure turn as charted.

The OP was approaching from SSW from AUGIE so continuing to BEJCY puts him 21 degrees to the South. Why not just turn right onto 007?

I am assuming no ATC instructions to do anything other than the published approach.

• That question started to highlight for me why an IR rating is so damn lengthy and expensive! – Dan Dec 2 '15 at 10:55
• As I read the referenced question, I note that the pilot was inbound from SSW (eg. lower-left of the plate). AUGIE is SSE (lower-right of the map). I interpret this as the pilot was using BEJCY as an IAF, not AUGIE. So I disagree with the statement "The OP was approaching from SSW from AUGIE, so continuing to BEJCY puts him 21 degrees to the South". We actually don't know how far off "straight-in" the course was. – abelenky Dec 2 '15 at 14:13