Below is the Truth or Consequences VOR-A Approach in New Mexico, USA.


The Missed Approach procedure for this approach requires that you do a left climbing turn to 8300 feet direct to the VOR. My question is what radial should I dial-in to go direct to the VOR? Should I fly the reciprocal radial of the final approach course (342 degrees) or should I turn to a reciprocal heading (342 degrees) and then center the needle to find the radial I should fly direct to VOR?

Note: There is only 2.4 nautical miles between the VOR and Missed Approach Point so trying to intercept the reverse radial in 2.4 nautical miles is a little tricky here especially with the CDI being so sensitive that close to the VOR.


My technique would be to make a climbing left turn to the northwest and dial the OBS (omni bearing selector) until the CDI (course deviation indicator) is centered and showing a course direct to the VOR. If you have an RMI (radio magnetic indicator) you could use this to go directly to the VOR as you're making your left climbing turn.

I definitely would not (after beginning the missed approach) set in (the OBS) a specific radial and try to intercept it and track inbound to the VOR. (You're too close to the VOR and the CDI is likely too sensitive for effective intercepting and tracking via a preset inbound radial)

It is a fairly short distance to travel from the missed approach point (MAP) (unless you're flying a high performance aircraft) back to the VOR so I would expect some sensitivity (fluctuations) in the OBS's CDI shortly after getting established towards the VOR.

I would anticipate and plan for a parallel entry into the missed approach holding pattern.


If I were to fly it, I would start a climbing left turn (according to the MAP described on the chart) and simultaneously start turning the OBS to keep the needle centred until I am after a +/-210 degrees turn and then centre the needle with a TO flag on the HSI/CDI and fly direct to the station on a present radial.


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