Chart Wise: Challenging Approaches

Some instrument approach procedures just don’t seem fair. Take this approach into Hailey, Idaho, for example. Not only is it an NDB approach, it’s an NDB approach into a mountainous airport with circle-to-land minimums only. We’re seeing fewer NDB approaches as satellite-based RNAV procedures emerge, but nondirectional beacons are simple in their operation, if more difficult to fly precisely. Study the chart below and consider how you would prepare to fly the procedure.

Chart courtesy of Jeppesen