Review the Minima
The pilot obviously needs to know how low he/she can descend and you should be able to
determine whether the weather is high enough for the type of approach you are planning to fly.
To find the above information, you need to know what category of aircraft you are flying.
Remember, if you are a category B aircraft, you can use minima for category C, D, or E aircraft
but you cannot use a lower category to determine the appropriate information. If you are flying a
VOR approach also note the time from the FAF to the MAP. Remember the timing is based on
groundspeed, not IAS.
Check the field elevation, which incidentally is the highest point on the usable landing area.
Additionally, note the direction and distance of the runway from the FAF. You should also
check the type of lighting that you would expect to see in marginal visibility. Memorize the first
heading and first altitude of the Missed Approach Procedure. Study the aerodrome sketch to
determine the position.
B-2 APPROACH PLATE STUDY TECHNIQUE