approach path


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approach path

[ə′prōch ‚path]
(navigation)
That portion of the flight path which extends from the point where a descent is started to the point where the aircraft touches down on the runway.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

approach path

A specific flight course laid out in the vicinity of an airport and designed to bring aircraft in to a safe landing. It is usually delineated by suitable navigational aids. The approach path lies within the approach funnel.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved
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The set of approach path traces for each hazard is computed using the underlying map.
The computer system behind the project, which is known as Advanced Continuous Descent Approach, has been designed to select the most appropriate approach paths for incoming aircraft, help save fuel, protect the environment and improve punctuality, The Associated Press reported.
Responsibility for the crash has also been levelled at the aircraft crew who apparently did not follow charts outlining a step-down approach procedure to the airport and who were also apparently confused about whether another system used to outline the proper approach path was operational according to the newspaper USA Today.