CHAPTER 11. Approaches and Landings

Steep Approaches

A steep approach is a valuable maneuver for WSC aircraft. [Figure 11-28] It is better to be too high for an approach rather than too low for an approach in case the engine fails. A steep approach can be used to reach the landing point easily; if too low, the aircraft lands short. Steep approaches are used routinely by many pilots to help ensure making the landing point if the engine fails.

The two types of procedures (or a combination thereof) used are based on the angle of descent required. To perform a steep approach, evaluation of the situation considers the angle of descent required to land at or within 400 feet of a specifi ed point in which the steep angle or alternating turns are utilized. For all steep approaches, the throttle is brought to idle.

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