Ronald Stevens and I did a bunch of practice ILS approaches into Tamiami today - by the end he was doing a pretty good job and should be ready to dazzle the examiner in short order.
One question came up in my mind. Imagine this scenario (a .pdf of the approach is attached):
You’re a few miles northwest of QEEZY at 1,700’. ATC says “N415GF, you’re 3 from QEEZY - turn left heading 120, cleared for the ILS RWY 9R approach. Maintain 1,700’ until established on the localizer, contact tower 118.9.”
Of course, we maintained 1,700’ until established on the localizer. So far so good.
My question is:
When the localizer needle centered would you immediately descend to 1,300’? My inclination was to remain at 1,700’ until the g/s needle centered, then begin descent, following the g/s and crossing QEEZY at 1,230 as depicted. My logic is that this method gives even more time to get squared away on the approach.
Since the 1,300’ crossing altitude at QEEZY is a MINIMUM, I’d think you could legally do it either way. Just wondering how other CFII’s are teaching it and/or how other pilots are flying it.
BTW, I just see I goofed and put this in the Public forum. No harm done, I guess if the “Public” sees it!
1-93017-05349I9R.pdf (209 KB)