I was studying the Aeronautical Chart User's Guide and I came across the term 'radar minima' several times under the graphics depicting charted airports.

Blue – Airports with an Instrument Approach Procedure and/or RADAR MINIMA published in the high altitude DoD Flight Information Publications (FLIPs)

Green – Airports which have an approved Instrument Approach Procedure and/or RADAR MINIMA published in either the U.S. Terminal Procedures Publications (TPPs) or the DoD FLIPs

Brown – Airports without a published Instrument Approach Procedure or RADAR MINIMA

  • $\begingroup$ The FAA Pilot/Controller glossary doesn't define the term "radar minima", although the term "minima" redirects to "minimums". Its possible this either refers to radar separation minimums or minimum vectoring altitude (MVA), but I can't verify that. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 16:17
  • $\begingroup$ (US) Radar minimums are published in the TPP. Here is a snapshot for Elmendorf Anchorage AFB, available on FlightAware. $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 17:01

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Published minimums for an ASR or PAR approach.

An ASR is essentially a non-precision approach with an MDA, while a PAR is a precision approach (found almost exclusively at military fields) with minimums of 200 and 1/2.

  • $\begingroup$ you can always ask for a "no gyro" practice approach. the ex-military controllers love them, and I think they're fun to do $\endgroup$
    – rbp
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 16:35

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