Whippage

Ever heard of “Bend it like Beckham”? Whippage is a football (soccer) term, used to describe the amount of curve you put on the ball when shooting.

It’s also the word I use to describe this Radar frequency technique, primarily used when clearing aircraft for an ILS/GPS Approach.

It’s required that you clear an aircraft on a heading where they would intercept the localizer on a 10 to 30 degree angle. Nothing more nothing less. So if you have N632KB on right base for runway 2, you’d need to clear N623KB on a heading of 010 to 350. But if you know the aircraft will be cleared too late, then you can then whip them around. Instead, you could clear N623KB at 030 to 050. Still the required 10 to 30 degree angle.

June 22, 2019 by Kyle Boas