Chart Wise: Briefing the Approach

In our new monthly series Chart Wise, we go in-depth to explore the nuances and vagaries of instrument approach procedures. We’ll start with the basics – how to properly brief an instrument approach.

Start by looking at the briefing strip, or the lines of boxed text at the top of each approach chart. This information consists of the communications frequencies you’ll need listed in the order you’ll use them: the navaid frequency; final approach course; minimum altitudes and MDA/DH; airport elevation and touchdown zone elevation; missed approach procedure; minimum sector altitudes; and important notes.

While you should review all the information on each approach chart, the five items on the interactive chart below are essential for every approach briefing.

Chart courtesy of Jeppesen