If proceeding direct to CEW at 5000, off airways (see Figure 648), and cleared
for the VOR or GPSA approach, 5000 must be maintained until crossing the
If no FAF is depicted on the approach, then maintain the aircraft on the inbound course
to the station and descend to the MDA or any step down altitudes that may be depicted.
If a FAF is depicted, then maintain the aircraft on the inbound course to the station at the
minimum altitude depicted. This will be the FAF altitude.
Once established on course or with a shallow intercept transition to BAC (a shallow
intercept is defined as aircraft heading within 30º of the final approach course).
Transition to BAC as follows:
From Normal Cruise: Reduce power to 450 ft-lbs, Gear Down, descend at 450
ft-lbs if required. If remaining level, set power to 600 ft-lbs.
From Slow Cruise: Power remains at 450 ft-lbs, Gear Down, descend at 450 ft-
lbs if required. If remaining level, set power to 600 ft-lbs.
At the FAF perform the following procedures (6 Ts):
TIME Start the clock's sweep second hand.
TURN To parallel the final approach course.
TIME Second timing not required.
TRANSITION Begin descent to the MDA when established on course and
comply with any published altitude restrictions.
On final, descend at 120 knots with 450 ftlbs torque. In the case of shorter
distances from the FAF to the MAP, it may be necessary to reduce power to 300
ftlbs torque in order to get to the MDA in a timely manner.
On a non-precision approach, you want to reach your
minimum descent altitude prior to reaching your MAP. This
enables you to acquire the runway environment sooner to allow an
easier transition to land.
Some approaches have progressively lower step-down
altitudes; you must comply with all altitude restrictions on the
approach in order to ensure obstacle clearance.
RADIO INSTRUMENT FLIGHT PROCEDURES 6-77