Let's say you are in a 737 flying to Geita, Tanzania, as you can see this little airport/airstrip has an IATA code, but not an assigned ICAO code. What should you enter into the FMC if I want to fly to that airport?

And in general, how to navigate to an airstrip that has only an IATA code?

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    $\begingroup$ Just enter lat long. The rest is the same. $\endgroup$
    – Simon
    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:55
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    $\begingroup$ You want to fly a 737 into a 2000 m x 22 m dirt strip? I'm pretty certain that Geita airport is VFR only, so if you were flying there as IFR, you would fly to a nearby navigation aid and then continue VFR. $\endgroup$ Mar 19, 2017 at 8:55
  • $\begingroup$ It is about the FMC, I just picked a random airport $\endgroup$ Mar 19, 2017 at 9:00
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    $\begingroup$ As I say, just enter the last navaid on your planned route, then lat long for the airport. $\endgroup$
    – Simon
    Mar 19, 2017 at 9:01
  • $\begingroup$ @J.Hougaard lol $\endgroup$
    – Pugz
    Mar 19, 2017 at 14:31

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If the arrival is missing:

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If the departure is missing:

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And here are the affected items:

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Source: 787 FCOM.


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