Chart Wise: Auburn, Washington

Auburn, Washington, RNAV GPS-A is steeper than normal.

The only IFR approach to Auburn, Washington (S50), is hardly a procedure anyone would consider straightforward, despite the airport’s 63-foot field elevation. Also known as Dick Scobee Field, named for the late Challenger shuttle commander, Auburn sits just a few miles southeast of the busy Sea-Tac Class B, while farther southeast the terrain rises to well over 14,000 feet approaching Mount Rainier. Be prepared for considerable GA traffic at Auburn, a known Sea-Tac reliever.

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