However you need to be at or below 6000 by the time you reach TRINA because there is a maximum procedure turn
altitude published there (the 6000 with the line over it in the profile view).
We took it upon ourselves to politely notify ATC that we were "procedure turn
in-bound, level 32 hundred feet." ATC, to their credit, had us "execute an immediate right 360" while the oncoming airliner was directed to "maintain five thousand feet until the final approach fix." The threat of collision was avoided before it fully materialized.
Sure, you can still sit back with crossed arms while the autopilot flies doglegs in the flight plan and intercepts a GPS approach as if it's on rails, but it can't fly a procedure turn
or holding pattern.
Me: (Hmm, he must be doing a procedure turn
to get established inbound to PAWNE.)
Of course, a procedure turn
is what we perform when we need to reverse direction to place the aircraft we're flying on a published segment of the approach.
There's a procedure turn
depicted at that fix, but your course to the IAF/IF is close to the final approach course.
So, you have to fly the full approach with the procedure turn
and land at KSBP.
In lieu of a procedure turn
. Flying an instrument approach below radar coverage, after a transponder failure that makes it too hard for controllers to vector you onto final, or when the radar is out of service?
Suppose instead of the arc you go direct to the IAF at FLUSS from the NW and do a procedure turn
. How far out would you go?
Plus, although the regulation says when we may not use a procedure turn
, the requirement to fly a published course reversal unless we are vectored to final, cleared straight in or on a "No PT" route is an offshoot of 91.175(j).
From Alpine, you can fly the procedure turn
or ask for vectors to reverse course and fly the ILS back to KELM.
The obvious route is direct to DTA, then outbound for the procedure turn
. The challenge is descending from 11,600 to cross the VOR inbound at 6200--all with a wind blowing you out of the 10-mile limit.