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Instrument Approach Procedures (IAPs) are procedures used by pilots to maneuver an aircraft by reference to their instruments during an approach, published by the FAA and other third parties (most notably Jeppesen).

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Are there types of instrument approaches besides precision and non-precision?

In the 1990s there used to be two basic types of instrument approaches: precision and non-precision. How many different kinds are there now, and what are the differences.
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What is the correct holding altitude for the missed approach at Unalaska (PADU)?

On this approach plate, the holding pattern shown is depicted for a missed approach: However, in the notes, it says to Descend to 6000 in holding pattern. even though you should only climb to ...
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How do you properly enter the NDB34 published approach at Friday Harbor (KFHR)?

I'm having trouble figuring out the correct procedure to enter an approach such as: Let's say you are cleared from ISLND for the NDB approach. How do you maneuver safely and legally to the the ...
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Do helicopters fly the same instrument approaches as fixed-wing aircraft?

Do helicopters fly the same instrument approaches as fixed-wing aircraft? If so, which approach category and minimums do they use?
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If there is a misprint on an instrument plate, is a pilot required to comply with it?

This is a snippet from the KESC RNAV 36 approach. It's a real procedure, I didn't photoshop it except to add highlighting. Let's say I was in the position that the blue aircraft is in (roughly 10 ...
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Where to obtain a list of active NDB approaches?

Does anyone know where to find a list of active NDB approaches? I can find a list of ones proposed to be eliminated, but I'm having a problem coming across a list of remaining ones.
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Is it legal to fly the localizer approach when cleared for the ILS?

Most ILS approaches include localizer minimums that can be used if the glideslope transmitter or receiver fails. For example: In this case, to fly the ILS you would intercept the glideslope just ...
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When conducting a circling approach, how close do you have to stay to the airport (especially with the new FAA requirements)?

I heard that the FAA recently changed how they calculate the protected area for circling approaches, and it looked quite complicated because it changes based on altitude and speed, etc. Can you ...
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When cleared for an approach and not on vectors, is a depicted course reversal always required?

At least where I fly, most instrument approaches now use a Hold In Lieu of Procedure Turn (HILO). The "full procedure" now consists of a turn in the hold before proceeding inbound. In the example ...
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When flying a circling approach, is it permitted to begin the visual circling segment prior to the final approach fix?

If it were a beautiful sunny VFR day and you were cleared for a circling approach, can you begin the circle prior to the final approach fix/circling DH in order to maneuver visually to land? Here are ...
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Is there an online source for Canadian Instrument Approach Procedures?

The FAA offers instrument approach procedures on their website free of charge, and EASA does too. Does Canada have them online for us to use?
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When should an Obstacle Departure Procedure (ODP) be used?

Buried away in the front matter of the FAA charts is a section titled "IFR TAKEOFF MINIMUMS AND (OBSTACLE) DEPARTURE PROCEDURES". Note that this is not a graphical departure procedure that is in with ...
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Which approach category minimums should I use when conducting an instrument approach?

FAR 91.3 says: Aircraft approach category means a grouping of aircraft based on a speed of VREF, if specified, or if VREF is not specified, 1.3 Vso at the maximum certificated landing weight. ...