Turn away from the tail of the needle the number of degrees that you are off
course, up to a maximum of 45º. Maintain this heading while the tail of the
needle rises to the outbound course.
As the tail of the needle approaches the outbound course, turn to the outbound
course and track outbound.
TALK Give voice report if required.
The first 4 Ts are completed separately and in sequence. The last
two Ts may be conducted after the fourth T, "Transition," has been
Not giving the instruments enough time to settle down before establishing angle of
Drifting off or changing the intercept heading while the tail of the needle rises to the
outbound course. Hold the intercept heading until you can make one continuous turn
rolling out on course.
Reference: NIFM Part V, "Course Interception."
Amplification A radial intercept is a procedure used to position the aircraft on a
different radial. Radial intercepts are performed to allow you to practice orienting yourself
around a navigational facility and are generally encountered in a Teardrop or Procedure Turn
approach. You may be outbound or inbound on your present radial and be required to intercept a
new radial either inbound or outbound. Regardless of the situation, the same procedures are used
for all radial intercepts of 30º or less.
Determine the new course and set it in the IND350. Your new course will be either:
The same as the new radial if intercepting outbound.
The reciprocal of the radial if intercepting inbound.
Determine the radial you are on by looking at the tail of the appropriate needle.
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