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IFR Stabilized Approach Definition

All briefings and checklist should be completed before the commencement of the approach. An IFR approach is considered stabilized when all of the following criteria are met from the start of the approach and continue to touch down:

Ø Proper airspeed for the segment of the approach
Ø Correct flight path
Ø Correct aircraft configuration for the phase of flight
Ø Appropriate power setting for aircraft configuration
Ø Normal angle and rate of descent for the type of approach
Ø Minor corrections for pitch and power required to maintain stabilized approach
Ø Normal bracketing (+/-5°) used to correct for lateral navigation deviations

Do not change flap position after crossing the Final Approach Fix until the runway is insight and landing is assured.  If the requirements for landing from an instrument conditions are not met, a missed approach must be executed.

Precision brief elements
Ø Airport name, type of procedure and runway
Ø Transition to final (vectors or Initial Approach Fix)
Ø Applicable Navigation and Communication frequencies set and indentified
Ø Height of the Decision Altitude
Ø Missed approach point and the procedure

Non-Precision brief elements
Ø Airport name, type of procedure and runway
Ø Transition to final (vectors or Initial Approach Fix)
Ø Applicable Navigation and Communication frequencies set and indentified
Ø Rate of descent between fixes
Ø Height of the Decision Altitude
Ø Missed approach point and the procedure