June 29 (Wed) 7:00pm IFR Round Table: Activating the Approach

Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

This event is part of our IFR Roundtable series of discussion groups, where advanced and novice IFR pilots share knowledge about particular aspects of instrument flight. Held every 8-10 weeks, we focus on one small IFR procedure or topic area and spend a couple of hours talking through challenges, definitions, techniques, and safety issues in that topic area.

This session topic:  Activating the approach. GPS is a wonderful tool for instrument flying, but sometimes it can be tricky. Is my approach loaded? Is it activated? This is something you really need to know!

First-generation approach-certified GPS units required a specific action on the part of the pilot to force it into approach mode. That action, along with some of the buttons that used to be on IFR-certified GPS units, are missing from the latest generation devices. What happened? It's easy for pilots to experience "mode confusion" regarding the approach status of the GPS. Is the approach loaded? Is it activated?

Brian Eliot, a CFI at San Carlos Flight Center, will review and compare GPS approach operations relating to:

  • https://mail.google.com/mail/images/cleardot.gifloading an approach
  • activating an approach
  • automatic versus manual approach activation
  • vectors-to-final versus pilot navigation
  • re-activating or re-flying an approach
  • required navigation presentation
  • course deviation scaling and scaling transitions
  • charting and FAA guidance

This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit, click here to register.

Any questions, contact us at (650) 946-1700 or info@sancarlosflight.com.

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