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Established On The Localizer, When?  
User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 17994 times:

Yes, that is the question, 2 part and probably much more than that but....when do you consider yourself "established on the localizer" as stated in an approach clearance? Example...4 miles from LEMON, turn left heading 170, maintain 3,000' until established on the localizer, clearned ILS 19R approach. Let's say the altitude on the chart is 1,900' or above at LEMON, and you are slightly below the glideslope when the clearance is given, at what point do you start down from 3,000' per the clearance.

Part 2....do you take into consideration other things such as parallel runways and siimultaneous approaches being conducted, obstructions such as rocks, or anything else in your decision to start down prior to being established ON CENTERLINE......and the key word here would be CENTERLINE?

Looking foward to some good posts. And yes, I am fishing here so to speak!  Smile


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User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 18005 times:

AFAIK, you are "established" when you begin to recieve course guidance from the localizer needle, i.e. it begins to move towards the center. You would start down from the 3000 when you see this movement, and descend to 1900 until you cross LEMON, then down to the next specified altitude.

Part 2: I dont know about the big guys, but whenever I have been flying, we usually keep it in mind but ATC should be providing separation when you are IFR, and as long as you are on centerline, those altitudes are there to keep you clear of obstructions.



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 17992 times:

Quoting FutureUALpilot (Reply 1):
ATC should be


Better be providing it you mean right? And in that clearance ATC is provide separation if there was a parallel runways in use, vertical, 1,000' until established on final.



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User currently offlinePhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 17995 times:

1) To me, established on the localizer means just what it says, established on the localizer. On the 744, when you get within one dot deflection, the PFD ILS display expands to just +/- one dot deflection so any deviation is very easy to see.

2) As a technique, I would intercept the G/S and just fly it down as a normal approach. However, procedurally, you'd be correct in descending from 3000' to 1900' when you had intercepted the Localizer.

3) Sure, other parallel runways, obstructions are taken into account, that's why my personal guide is to be centered on the localizer before I descend. However, I do know TERPS provides obstacle clearance out on the ILS but I can't remember the limits.


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 17995 times:

Quoting PhilSquares (Reply 3):
that's why my personal guide is to be centered on the localizer before I descend.

I'd think an excellent reason to be centered on it before starting down.....other runways and possible traffic, but that is just me.



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User currently offlinePhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 17992 times:

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 4):
I'd think an excellent reason to be centered on it before starting down.....other runways and possible traffic, but that is just me

I agree, that's why I use it just as my technique. I've flown into some wild places, such as Lagos, where ATC is somewhat lacking in their skills. You have to be very careful in what you do. So, for me there is something of a survival motive behind it.


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 17768 times:

Quoting PhilSquares (Reply 5):
So, for me there is something of a survival motive behind it.

Sure wish your survival mode would make it to others.



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User currently offlineOnetogo From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 17754 times:

Quoting PhilSquares (Reply 3):
2) As a technique, I would intercept the G/S and just fly it down as a normal approach. However, procedurally, you'd be correct in descending from 3000' to 1900' when you had intercepted the Localizer.

This is something that has always interested me. If an aircraft is vectored onto the localizer (and is therefore established on a published segment of the approach) then they should be able to descend immediately to the crossing altitude at the FAF (or if there are any crossing restrictions between them and the FAF) however it seems that aircraft are content to just cruise down the glideslope (approach clearance has been given). At BOS I've heard approach controllers explicitely say to aircraft that are already established on the LOC inbound to 'descend and maintain xxx, DO NOT follow the glideslope'. Of course once they get to they cross the FAF (technically glideslope intercept) they go down on it. This is probably the most confusing post I've written, but hopefully someone will see what I'm getting at. Thanks!


User currently onlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6369 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 17754 times:

"I was taught" (famous last words in tech ops  Wink ) that "established" means that the localizer needle is no longer pegged and/or flagged, which means that you actively receiving a usable navigation signal from the localizer, and at this point you are now free to turn to intercept the localizer.

Anyone else ever been given an impossible intercept angle by a controller  Smile "By the book", it is supposed to be no greater than 30 degrees, but I've noticed that in real life, this can vary along with the controller's work load. I know you guys do work hard for us, IAH, and I appreciate the help you folks sitting in the TRACON room give us.



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User currently offlineOnetogo From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 17741 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 8):
"By the book", it is supposed to be no greater than 30 degrees

This reduces to 20 degrees maximum intercept angle within a certain distance of the FAF as well as when the ceiling is below a certain height above the MVA. The specifics are all in the .65, IAHFLYR may know them.


User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 17737 times:

We use the one dot criteria but you need to factor the intercept heading and speed but for the sake of the question..1 dot. Same for VOR and 10deg for ADF.

User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 17729 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 8):
IAH, and I appreciate the help you folks sitting in the TRACON room give us

All true.

Quoting Onetogo (Reply 7):
At BOS I've heard approach controllers explicitely say to aircraft that are already established on the LOC inbound to 'descend and maintain xxx, DO NOT follow the glideslope'. Of course once they get to they cross the FAF (technically glideslope intercept) they go down on it. This is probably the most confusing post I've written, but hopefully someone will see what I'm getting at.

I know, well I think, I know what you mean......the reason for driving guys down below the glideslope is due to the need to have them low so the other runway can turn in with that 1,000' vertical turing intercept for parallel runways. My parter is waiting for you to get down so they are able to turn the downwind to base and final, if not, the slot goes by, the finals fill up, the feeder controllers is scrambling and the pilot hears on first call to approach, turn this way and slow now then do this......all cuzz these separations standards were no able to be met as someone hung at xxxx altitude rather than descended to what was issued.

Quoting Onetogo (Reply 9):
This reduces to 20 degrees maximum intercept angle within a certain distance of the FAF as well as when the ceiling is below a certain height above the MVA. The specifics are all in the .65, IAHFLYR may know them.

Hey 1-2-go dont' bring me into this! hahaha Well with 3 runways we can't use 30 at all, we are 20 degree intercept max, heck I've use 15 or 10 degree so no slop overs.........but, have seen this happen this my question in the title!

Using IAH 26L/R & 27....26L and R are 5,000' apart based on centerlines, 26L and 27 are 5,760' apart.......you turn a guy in to 26L from north downwind, 20 degree intercept (that is track of intercept not simply the angle to final) maintain 3,000' till established and they will join around 12 NM out....guys descent while they are almost dead centerline on 26R, they haven't even reached the NTZ for 26R yet and they're going to fly the approach to the other runway, good thing no airplane there at 2,000' doing the centerline dance as they'd have a windscreen full of some other arrival dropin in for a visit.....so u tell them that was 3,000' till established, they say, "we're established"! MMMMMMM interesting?

I like the idea of established meaning you're inbound in the final approach course/centerline, tracking it not turning to it but then what do I know.

[Edited 2006-10-17 20:50:39]


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User currently offlineRotorImage From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 17697 times:

Those who may know differently please chime in...but;

One interesting point is that "established on course" has different meanings determined by what airspace you are in....

As previously mentioned by FutureUAL pilot, "established on course" [for any approach] within FAA airspace is defined by having any sort of positive deflection of the CDI....i.e...."case break."

As defined by ICAO, however, in order to be established on course the CDI must be within "one dot" width of center. Sounds minor, I know, but when the 60-1 rule comes into play, that can significantly affect when you can begin your descent to a step-down fix along the final approach course.

I had heard a rumor that a lot of the FARs were beginning to be changed to more closely resemble ICAO, but I haven't done a lot of flying stateside lately, and can't verify if this has changed as well.

Open to comments...


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 17685 times:

Quoting RotorImage (Reply 12):
I had heard a rumor that a lot of the FARs were beginning to be changed to more closely resemble ICAO, but I haven't done a lot of flying stateside lately, and can't verify if this has changed as well.

From industry meetings/things I've wormed my way into there is a huge amount of energy being put toward global harmonization with ICAO. Look for much more soon on this front especially in the RNP and RNAV arenas.



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User currently offlineOnetogo From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 17649 times:

Quoting RotorImage (Reply 12):
but when the 60-1 rule comes into play

Please explain for us newbs. Thanks.


User currently offlineRotorImage From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 17631 times:

Quote:
From industry meetings/things I've wormed my way into there is a huge amount of energy being put toward global harmonization with ICAO. Look for much more soon on this front especially in the RNP and RNAV arenas.

Goody copy on the ICAO integration...from where I sit, it's not such a bad deal. In most cases, ICAO seems to make more sense - especially in its terminal approach procedures.

Quote:
Please explain for us newbs. Thanks.

Onetogo - The 60 to 1 rule basically means that if you are one degree off course, after flying 60 miles you have a one mile cross track error from your intended flight path. Another way of applying it is that radials projecting from a NAVAID are one mile apart from each other at 60 miles from the station (and a half mile from each other at 30, etc)...

On most navigation instruments, full deflection of the CDI is anywhere between 10-12 degrees, with the interval between each dot at about 5 degrees...(that's when tuned to a VOR or TACAN - on a localizer I believe full deflection is something like 4 degrees)

So, as an extreme example, let's say I'm 15 DME from the field doing a VOR approach and am on a vector with instructions to "maintain 3000 until established on the final approach course." By applying the 60-1 rule, at 15 miles, each radial is .25 nautical miles apart. If I begin to descend to my next required altitude as soon as the CDI "breaks the case," (lets assume 12 degrees deflection) I am three miles away (12 x .25 = 3) from the final approach course. If I wait till one-dot deflection, however, I'm instead only going to be 1.25 miles away from that same final approach course (5 x .25 = 1.25) when I start down.

In the context I was referring to above, it basically means that the difference between the FAA "case break" definition of "established on course" and the ICAO one-dot width definition can cause you to descend at a point that is much further away from the intended course. The concern here being that you could be much closer to the boundaries of the protected airspace established by TERPs. The end-state difference may not seem that significant (3 vs 1.25 miles in this example), but I'd sure rather have that extra 1.75 miles between me and the mountains that may be lurking out in those clouds.

Just my two cents on this one....Open to questions/comments...Please check my math and correct me if I'm mistaken on anything.


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 17627 times:

Quoting RotorImage (Reply 15):
Please check my math and correct me if I'm mistaken on anything.

Taking my shoes off now, get back to ya!  Smile It sounds correct and the "one dot" is a bit far when you're talking of runway centerlines less than 1 NM apart and landing side by each.



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User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 17593 times:

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 16):
It sounds correct and the "one dot" is a bit far when you're talking of runway centerlines less than 1 NM apart and landing side by each.

I think some are getting just a little carried away here with this term. To report established on the LOC is just a clarification that you are now within the confines of the LOC tolerances and will be making only small corrections to maintain the centerline. No one is saying that you will CONTINUE to stay 1 dot out all the way down. Usually by the time you call "established" and the controller replies "descend with the ILS" you're already on the centerline anyway. As I said earlier if you're 90 deg to the loc doing 220 kts I can guarantee you will not be "established" long and the LOC will go zipping by so there has to be a certan amount of common sense used with that call. Heck even on a chk ride they will give you +/- 1/3 dot (2/3 total tolerance). As I posted earlier we can descend to the app alt on an ADF app within 10 deg of the inbound course or 1 dot on a LOC app. It really isn't that big a deal.


User currently onlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6369 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 17586 times:

Quoting CosmicCruiser (Reply 17):
and the controller replies "descend with the ILS"

This is terminology that I have never heard in the US before. It came up a few weeks ago during another tech/ops discussion, and that is the first time I've ever heard that terminology.



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User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 17576 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 18):
This is terminology that I have never heard in the US before.

Actually this is what I usually hear in Europe (UK, France) but never the less in the U.S. it's the same just worded different, "maintain 3000' until established on the LOC cleared ILS 36 app..."


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 17518 times:

Quoting CosmicCruiser (Reply 17):
I think some are getting just a little carried away here with this term. To report established on the LOC is just a clarification that you are now within the confines of the LOC tolerances and will be making only small corrections to maintain the centerline. No one is saying that you will CONTINUE to stay 1 dot out all the way down. Usually by the time you call "established" and the controller replies "descend with the ILS" you're already on the centerline anyway. As I said earlier if you're 90 deg to the loc doing 220 kts I can guarantee you will not be "established" long and the LOC will go zipping by so there has to be a certan amount of common sense used with that call. Heck even on a chk ride they will give you +/- 1/3 dot (2/3 total tolerance). As I posted earlier we can descend to the app alt on an ADF app within 10 deg of the inbound course or 1 dot on a LOC app. It really isn't that big a deal.

I think you missed the entire concept of the thread......look back at the examples, not 90 degrees off centerline, not staying 1 dot out all the way down.........tis about the other airplane you may find below and to your right, look in the right rearview mirror, slightly below and to your right, and objects to appear smaller in the mirror too!



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User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 17507 times:

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 16):
It sounds correct and the "one dot" is a bit far when you're talking of runway centerlines less than 1 NM apart and landing side by each.

You've taken this to the extreme and slightly changed to point. It is generally accepted that once within 1 dot you can consider yourself "established". Now with your reply "centerlines less than 1 NM apart" you now enter the PRM enviornment which has it's own set of procedures and is a somewhat special event all it's own.


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 17438 times:

Quoting CosmicCruiser (Reply 21):
PRM enviornment which has it's own set of procedures and is a somewhat special event all it's own.

Sir, PRM has nothing at all to do with what I am speaking.......IAH doesn't reqiure PRM, neither does DFW or LAX or other airports with runways centerlines 4,300' or more apart! PRM in the high update RADAR arena and PRM that MSP has at one time used and still may are totally different.

My question is related to the phrase "established on" and things I've discovered about where a airplanes have started a descent with the assigned altitude after having receieved a clearance as in the example, and if that is actually something that could result in the airplane not being within the normal operating zone for parallel runways, crossing the centerline of 1 runway and going to another and having started a descent prior to actually tracking the centerline of the runway, thus they could be in the no transgression zone with the appropriate vertical separation no longer existing. This would be treated as a blunder having a monitor controller override the local controller to break out the airplane doing it all correct.



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User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (7 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 17415 times:

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 22):
I've discovered about where a airplanes have started a descent with the assigned altitude after having receieved a clearance as in the example, and if that is actually something that could result in the airplane not being within the normal operating zone

No not really. I really don't get what your paranoia is about . Like I said 1 dot becomes centered in a matter of seconds. Obviously the FAA buys off on it because we're taught that you can descend to app alt on a non-prec. app within 1 dot. I was saying that as soon as you can call established and the controller can say descend on the ILS it's done; you're on centerline. I clarified that if you were approaching at 90 deg you sure won't make it and you hammered me but turned around and said this
[ and if that is actually something that could result in the airplane not being within the normal operating zone for parallel runways, crossing the centerline of 1 runway and going to another and having started a descent prior to actually tracking the centerline[/quote]

Then when I mentioned PRM you jumped again quoting arpts that have less than 5000 but more than 4300' and YET use PRM terminology such as this:

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 22):
in the no transgression zone with the appropriate vertical separation no longer existing. This would be treated as a blunder having a monitor controller override the local controller to break out the airplane

That's PRM. Sorry but next month when I turn final to 23 at STN and the controller says report established on the loc and I see 1 dot ,call it and he says descend on the ILS, 160 to 4 dme I'll think about you.


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 17380 times:

Quoting CosmicCruiser (Reply 23):
No not really. I really don't get what your paranoia is about .

It certainly isn't paranoia, hell I can't even spell that so it certainly isnt' about being paranoid, it is a simple question and things I have observed, curious if the 1 dot was common to start a descent from the assigned altitude!

Quoting CosmicCruiser (Reply 23):
Obviously the FAA buys off on it because we're taught that you can descend to app alt on a non-prec. app within 1 dot. I was saying that as soon as you can call established and the controller can say descend on the ILS it's done; you're on centerline

Glad you accept things the FAA buys off and don't question it if an observation is made and not a 1 time observation. I don't and won't. Also, the clearance doesn't wait until a pilot calls established, don't have time to play that question/anwer game, the very reason again for the question to understand others training and interpretation of the phrase. The descend on the ILS is not in any clearace I've given in more than 25 yrs in the business.

Quoting CosmicCruiser (Reply 23):
Then when I mentioned PRM you jumped again quoting arpts that have less than 5000 but more than 4300' and YET use PRM terminology such as this

LMAO, never jumped only quoted, sorry if you took it as a jumping, not intended for sure.....and those airports may or may not have 5,000' or less from centerlines, IAH has more on 1 set of parallel and exactly that on another....however, I think the PRM terminology is something you are confusing with simple final monitors which is what I am and was addressing.

Quoting CosmicCruiser (Reply 23):
That's PRM. Sorry but next month when I turn final to 23 at STN and the controller says report established on the loc and I see 1 dot ,call it and he says descend on the ILS, 160 to 4 dme I'll think about you.

Great, hope it is a wonder thought!  Smile PRM, enjoy and the come for a visit to an air traffic facility that uses PRM and then one that doesn't, see the difference in equipment, runway separation and ask them how often they ask a pilolt to report established on the loc before giving you the clearance for the approach....oh I'd not use 160 to 4 DME, I'd say maintain 170 to XXXX!  Smile



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25 Zeke : Did someone mention also within the rated coverage of the aid ? Within one dot at 40 nm is not established.
26 IAHFLYR : A most excellent point! And also making sure that the localizer/glideslope has been flight check for expanded service volume past the normal limits o
27 FlyMatt2Bermud : This may seem odd but I am really old fashioned....this is just a reminder, I am NEVER established until I have confirmed the identifier for the ILS/L
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