Nope, as a whole, it isn't. I look back at my 135 days and I did stuff I wouldn't dream of doing today because I just thought it was the way it was done.
The Lear wing is very unforgiving on the 30 Series, especially down low and slow while circling and fully configured. The Learjet will get you into, and out of, trouble very quick.
Good to see you on this thread, our friend. So, I am just curious, given what I know from years ago about your extensive experience in aircraft this size: Is there anything about the approach plate for the LOC-D arrival to KSEE that would have precluded them, in a Lear, from shooting straight down that approach and onto 27R in IFR, or, as is apparently a local practice, cancelling IFR at DEBEY and plopping it VFR on the runway straight ahead? There has been a lot of talk on the forum about it being a "circling" approach, apparently because of what's in the box in the lower left, and thus forbidden at night per the T box restrictions, but my own impression is that, as GalaxyFlyer pointed out, this is not an approach specifically to Rwy 27R but rather an approach to KSEE generally, so does this necessarily mean that circling was required to all runways? I'm just not sure I understand why people are assuming that the Lear couldn't make the runway straight in on the IFR gradient without circling. And -- thus -- Juan Browne wasn't wrong to say that they had a straight in LOC-D arrival that they could have taken that would have had them lined up and ready to land on 27R. Upthread here, I reported a little research that I had done showing that of the 12 approaches this aircraft made to KSEE in the past 2 months, there was a single one straight-in to Rwy 9L (presumably VFR), and every one of the others, including approaches at night, in weather, etc., were all straight over the hills on at least the track of the LOC-D arrival and right down onto 27R with no circling. I'm just confused as to why some folks are saying that such an approach was NA at night.
Thought that your wisdom on this would be helpful to the class if you choose to weigh in. Or anybody else who does this stuff, for that matter.
Current approach plate: https://flightaware.com/resources/airpo ... AP/all/pdf