A practice approach is an instrument approach where there is no landing intended. Practice instrument approaches are considered to be instrument approaches made by either a VFR aircraft not on an IFR flight plan or an aircraft on an IFR flight plan.
When a missed approach is initiated Tower will issue you a go around, with an instruction to make left or right traffic. They will then hand you to approach, once handed off you should say “executing missed approach”. The missed approach procedure will include an initial heading and altitude to climb to.
Generally, if a pilot determines by the time the aircraft is at the decision height (for a precision approach) or missed approach point (for a non-precision approach), that the runway or its environment is not in sight, or that a safe landing cannot be accomplished for any reason, the landing approach must be discontinued and the missed approach procedure must be immediately initiated.
If you’re flying your aircraft on a roughly 3 degree glideslope, try multiplying your groundspeed by 5 to estimate your descent rate. The result will be an FPM value for descent that you should target.
For example, your ground speed is 90knts. Multiply your ground speed by 5, equaling 450. A 450 FPM descent rate will keep you on glide.
Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston S. Churchill
ATC may ask for something you’re incapable of doing.
- Your aircraft may be incapable
- You as a pilot may be incapable
- The weather may render you incapable
“Unable is not a dirty word!”, but know how to use it correctly as to not cause conflicts.
The waypoint is a fly-over waypoint, and must be flown directly over. The other waypoints are fly-by waypoints that can use turn anticipation. Here’s an example.
Whenever possible it’s recommended to request an ILS approach when you are in contact with the approach controller. You will get radar vectors and altitude descent and the controller will guide you to the ILS of the runway in use.