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T-34C INSTRUMENTS
CHAPTER SIX
629.
RADAR VECTORS TO FINAL APPROACH COURSE
1.
Amplification ­ Radar vectors to final approach course is a procedure used by approach
control to increase the arrival rate of aircraft and to establish aircraft on the final approach course
through the most expeditious routes consistent with traffic situations. Previous procedures have
emphasized the "Procedure Turn" or arcing method of establishing your aircraft on the inbound
course to the FAF. However, approach control agencies with radar capability will often vector
you from your present position on the airway directly to the final approach course, thereby
eliminating the "Procedure Turn" or arcing portion of the approach.
Although this routing does expedite arrival at your destination, it has one characteristic of which
you should be aware ­ the lack of published minimum altitudes until joining a segment of a
published approach. Approach control has the statutory responsibility for ensuring terrain
clearance while vectoring you for the approach. This is done using Minimum Vectoring Altitude
(MVA) charts superimposed on its radar displays. However, the pilot who wishes to double­
check the controller must depend largely upon the minimum safe altitudes published on the
approach plate and a constant awareness of his own position.
Good pilot technique and good sense dictate you never fully relinquish the responsibility for
terrain clearance to an outside agency. Maintain positional awareness and crosscheck terrain
clearance altitude by using all available NAVAIDS. Never blindly follow vectors from a
controller ­ be aware of what lies ahead on your assigned heading. If in doubt as to the
appropriateness of a given instruction, query the controller.
2.
Procedure ­ See Figures 6­71 and 6­72.
a.
Tune and identify the appropriate NAVAID.
b.
Check the VOR/TACAN switch in the appropriate position.
c.
Twist the final approach course into the IND­350.
d.
Follow radar vectors given by approach control.
e.
If a lower altitude is assigned, perform a terminal descent.
f.
Transition to BAC:
i.
When within 5 NM of the FAF and aircraft heading is within 90º of the FAC, or
ii.
Once established on final if no FAF is depicted.
g.
When cleared for the approach, maintain the last assigned altitude and heading given
by ATC until established on the approach. As the CDI begins to center, you are
expected to turn onto the final approach course and track inbound.
RADIO INSTRUMENT FLIGHT PROCEDURES 6-113


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