straight-in approach


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straight-in approach

i. An entry into an airport traffic-pattern in VFR (visual flight rules) conditions by intercepting the extended runway centerline without executing any portion of the traffic pattern.
ii. In IFR (instrument flight rules), an instrument approach in which the final approach is begun without first executing a procedure turn. A straight-in approach need not necessarily terminate with a straight-in landing.
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However, for those pilots who choose to execute a straight-in approach, maneuvering for and execution of the approach should be completed so as not to disrupt the flow of arriving and departing traffic.
In his column, Yodice notes an NTSB administrative law judge concluded in an enforcement case brought against an airline captain that "an approach after a turn to final five or six miles out would be considered a straight-in approach.
Since a straight-in approach, by definition, does not involve turns, this FAR does not prohibit it.
Both the straight-in approach and the straight-out departure are recommended.