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Juan Bezoya
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Approach circling minimums NA?

Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:46 am

Hi all,

I had a question regarding circling minimums. If a NA is found under a certain category does it mean that those aircraft cannot conduct the approach?

For example, the HND VOR-C has NA listed under cat D so are cat D aircraft allowed to make the approach?" onclick=";return false;

Thanks in advance,
Juan Bezoya (JA)
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Eric Stearns
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Re: Approach circling minimums NA?

Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:15 am

does it mean that those aircraft cannot conduct the approach?

It's worth noting that some aircraft can operate in multiple approach categories depending on weight and pilot technique. So, you could have two jets of the same model, one operating to cat C minimums and the other to cat D.

Also, as a controller, you shouldn't have to worry about this too much since you have no easy way of determining the approach category of an aircraft (except asking the pilot). It's up to the pilot to determine his/her approach minimums and whether they can execute a particular approach. In the case of the VOR-C approach, you should feel free to assign it to any HND arrival; the pilot will advise you if they are unable to accept it.

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