Instrument IQ – September-October 2016

Avatar for John MontgomeryBy John Montgomery | August 30, 2016

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Test your instrument flight rules (IFR) proficiency and sharpen your piloting skills with this exclusive Skies feature! Examine the following approach plate and take your best shot at the accompanying questions.


Instrument IQ September October 2016

1)     You are inbound to the ZSP NDB [non-directional beacon] from the SB NDB and cleared for the full procedure localizer (LOC) RWY 22 approach (G/P U/S). You intercept the localizer at 3,500 feet with a groundspeed of 120 knots. At what point should you initiate the descent and what should be your target sink rate to fly the CDFA approach?

2)     The procedure turn must be accomplished within __ NM of what fix?

3)     Is an RVR-based approach ban a possibility on this approach?

4)     What would be the most accurate means of determining the missed approach point via this approach?

5)     What should be your course of action upon arrival over the clearance limit, if further clearance is not received in advance?

6)     You are cleared direct MAXOL intending to do a straight in ILS approach. What information on the plate authorizes the straight-in approach?

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John Montgomery is the founder and president of Professional Flight Centre in Delta, B.C., which was established in 1986. A 12,000-hour ATPL pilot and Multi IFR instructor, John also specializes in ground school and seminar instruction. John can be reached at



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