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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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."
The question, then, becomes how to fly a straight-in approach so we don't interfere with arriving and departing traffic at a non-towered airport.
Straight-in approaches have often been sort of "third rail" among many hangar-flying denizens, who preach the almost-mandatory standard pattern at non-towered airports and rail against anyone with the temerity to fly something else.
Another challenge with straight-in approaches we don't have when flying a full traffic pattern is determining the correct altitude from which to begin our descent to the runway.
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.
However, note this FAA diagram omits description of straight-in approaches or extended downwind entries.