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User currently offlineLBA From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 494 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1132 times:

Just a quick question for anyone who may know.

If you were 32 miles from touchdown in a 747 and on the approach route, i.e. no circling required to lose height, what altitude should you be at?

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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6170 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1115 times:

I have heard many pilots state that a 3 to 1 ratio (that is - 3 miles to every 1,000 feet down) is sufficient to get a 500-1000 foot per minute descent.

so, using this formula, at 32 miles out, you should be starting to cross 10,600 feet.

descent planning is vital to most, if not all instrument approaches, especially for non precision ones. Say for instance, you are shooting a VOR approach, at at airport that is say, 10 miles from the VOR. You want to be in the area of 3,000 AGL, assuming that this approach has no minimums.

Light and slow aircraft generally use the same formula. The only difference would be the decent rate. for a piper or something along that line, the decent rate should be around 200-250 feet per minute, possibly even less.

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User currently offlineSabenaboy From Belgium, joined Feb 2001, 187 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1114 times:

Ideally you'ld be at an altitude of just under 10000ft (may vary with speed, a/c gross weight , wind direction and velocity, pilot experience, etc...)
(I suppose you were talking about nautical miles)

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