5-11-3. DESCENT NOTIFICATION

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  • 5-11-3. DESCENT NOTIFICATION

    1. Issue advance notice of where descent will begin and issue the straight-in MDA prior to issuing final descent for the approaches.

      NOTE: The point at which descent to the minimum descent altitude is authorized is the final approach fix unless an altitude limiting stepdown-fix is prescribed.

    2. When it is determined that the surveillance approach will terminate in a circle to land maneuver, request the aircraft approach category from the pilot. After receiving the aircraft approach category, provide him/her with the applicable circling MDA prior to issuing final descent for the approach.

      NOTE: Pilots are normally expected to furnish the aircraft approach category to the controller when it is determined that the surveillance approach will terminate in a circle to land maneuver. If this information is not voluntarily given, solicit the aircraft approach category from the pilot, and then issue him/her the applicable circling MDA.

    • PHRASEOLOGY
    • PREPARE TO DESCEND IN (number) MILE(S).
    • for straight-in approaches,
    • MINIMUM DESCENT ALTITUDE (altitude).
    • for circling approaches,
    • REQUEST YOUR AIRCRAFT APPROACH CATEGORY.
    • (Upon receipt of aircraft approach category),
    • PUBLISHED CIRCLING MINIMUM DESCENT ALTITUDE (altitude).
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