Saab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1621 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2720 times:
As Flyingbronco05 says, it is an arrival route to IAD. A STAR is a "Standard Terminal Arrival Route" and is designed to get an airplane close to the airport without much assistance from ATC. It is not an approach, per se, but an arrival route. From the end of the arrival route ATC will give vectors, turns and altitude changes, to the crew to line them up with the final approach, usually an ILS.