4-8-11. PRACTICE APPROACHES

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  • 4-8-11. PRACTICE APPROACHES

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    Except for military aircraft operating at military airfields, ensure that neither VFR nor IFR practice approaches disrupt the flow of other arriving and departing IFR or VFR aircraft. Authorize, withdraw authorization, or refuse to authorize practice approaches as traffic conditions require. Normally, approaches in progress should not be terminated.

    NOTE: The priority afforded other aircraft over practice instrument approaches is not intended to be so rigidly applied that it causes grossly inefficient application of services.

    1. Separation.
      1. IFR aircraft practicing instrument approaches must be afforded approved separation in accordance with Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, and Chapter 7 minima until:
        1. (a) The aircraft lands, and the flight is terminated, or
        2. (b) The pilot cancels the flight plan.
      2. Where procedures require application of IFR separation to VFR aircraft practicing instrument approaches, IFR separation in accordance with Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, and Chapter 7 must be provided. Controller responsibility for separation begins at the point where the approach clearance becomes effective. Except for super or heavy aircraft, 500 feet vertical separation may be applied between VFR aircraft and between a VFR and an IFR aircraft.
        • REFERENCE
        • FAA Order JO 7210.3, Para 6-4-4, Practice Instrument Approaches.
        • FAA Order JO 7210.3, Para 10-4-5, Practice Instrument Approaches.
      3. Where separation services are not provided to VFR aircraft practicing instrument approaches, the controller must;
        1. (a) Instruct the pilot to maintain VFR.
        2. (b) Advise the pilot that separation services are not provided.
          • PHRASEOLOGY
          • “(Aircraft identification) MAINTAIN VFR, PRACTICE APPROACH APPROVED, NO SEPARATION SERVICES PROVIDED.”
        3. (c) Provide traffic information or advise the pilot to contact the appropriate facility.
      4. If an altitude is assigned, including at or above/below altitudes, the altitude specified must meet MVA, minimum safe altitude, or minimum IFR altitude criteria.
      5. All VFR aircraft must be instructed to maintain VFR on initial contact or as soon as possible thereafter.

        NOTE: This advisory is intended to remind the pilot that even though ATC is providing IFR-type instructions, the pilot is responsible for compliance with the applicable parts of the CFR governing VFR flight.

    2. Missed Approaches.
      1. Unless alternate instructions have been issued, IFR aircraft are automatically authorized to execute the missed approach depicted for the instrument approach being flown.
      2. VFR aircraft are not automatically authorized to execute the missed approach procedure. This authorization must be specifically requested by the pilot and approved by the controller. When a missed approach has been approved and the practice approach is conducted in accordance with paragraph 4−8−11 a2, separation must be provided throughout the procedure including the missed approach. If the practice approach is conducted in accordance with paragraph 4−8−11 a3, separation services are not required during the missed approach.
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