FLIGHT TRAINING PUBLICATION (FLIP) STUDENT GUIDE
combinations, there is no set procedure for accomplishing the circling approach. After the
descent to circling MDA, and with the runway environment in sight, determine if the ceiling and
visibility are sufficient for performing the circling maneuver. If there is any doubt whether the
aircraft can be safely flown to the point of touchdown, execute a missed approach. Always turn
towards the airfield if executing a missed approach during the circling maneuver, since that is the
area of guaranteed obstacle clearance.
DO NOT GO BELOW THE CIRCLING MDA UNTIL THE LANDING ENVIRONMENT
FOR THE RUNWAY OF INTENDED LANDING IS IN SIGHT AND THE AIRCRAFT IS
IN POSITION TO MAKE A SAFE LANDING ON THAT RUNWAY.
A study of the circling approach illustrations in Figure 7-24 is recommended and the pattern that
best suits the situation should be used. The choice of patterns to be flown depends on:
obstructions, if any, within the airport landing area;
circling restrictions listed on the approach procedure chart; or
instructions from the controlling agency.