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Is circling to land at Pusan Airport at South Korea dangerous?
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Monday, 20 June 2016 13:48
 

Hi Captain.

First of all, congratulations on your website. It´s very interesting.

My doubt is: You are doing a RKPK (Pusan) VOR DME-A approach, circling to land on Runway 18R. You then reach and maintain the MDA 1700 feet. Additionally you have the runway in sight and the lead-in approach lights.

If you follow the lead-in lights and maintaining the MDA (MDH 1687 feet) waiting to intercept the PAPI lights (3º), you will be very high on finals and would be very dangerous to land.

The statement says "If you have the runway, approach lights or environment in sight you can start the descent to the runway".

My question is: If you follow the lead-in approach lights, can you leave the MDA with a normal rate of descent of 500 to 700 fpm without losing sight of the approach lights?

Thank you very much for your help.

Victoriano
Hi Victoriano,

When you become visual at the VOR/DME 18R at 1700 feet, you can break off by joining the circling approach to RW 18R. There is a local airline procedure where you continue to descent further to 1500 feet on downwind (KMH22), see the pattern in the photo above.

Before abeam of threshold at KMH 30, you can do a shallow descent to be at 900 feet right base and continue to finals where you will see the PAPI.

You would commence the descent from downwind and not continue to maintain 1700 feet. Remember the statement, "If you have the runway, approach lights or environment in sight you can start the descent to the runway".

If the circling approach is properly conducted by the pilot, you would not end up high on finals and it is not dangerous to land from this approach.



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