approach clearance


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approach clearance

Authorization issued by air traffic control to the pilot of an aircraft for landing under instrument flight rules. The type of instrument approach procedure (IAP), along with other pertinent information, is provided in the approach clearance when required.
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I have--and will in the future--cancel many approach clearances and vector slower aircraft for resequencing, usually in drastic situations where I have a sudden flood of fast aircraft.
At 1929:29 ATC cancelled the accident pilot's approach clearance for traffic and instructed the pilot to climb to 7000 feet and fly a heading of 275 degrees for re-sequencing.
In a similar situation today, an appropriate approach clearance might be something like, "Four miles from Lima.
Regarding the late approach clearance, the air traffic controller handling the flight stated a conflict alert involving two different aircraft drew his attention away from the accident airplane.
Remember, even though you have the airport in sight, that doesn't change the fact that you're still operating on an IFR approach clearance.
The altitude of 10,000 feet is for the missed approach clearance limit, which you should reach before entering the holding pattern at the end of the procedure.
According to the FAA's Instrument Procedures Handbook, FAA-H-8261-1A, and as discussed above, "When ATC is radar vectoring to the final approach course, or to the intermediate fix as may occur with RNAV standard instrument approach procedures, ATC may specify in the approach clearance "cleared straight-in (type) approach" to ensure that the pilot understands that the procedure turn or hold-in-lieu-of-PT is not to be flown.
After accepting an approach clearance while in the soup, I let out loud to myself, "Yea-Ha
For example, our Comanche pilot easily could have air-filed and motored home with an approach clearance, even if his recent experience didn't meet the letter of the law.