How to Brief an Approach

April, 7, 2021 by

Approach Briefings are all about the most important bits of information. Here is one (optional) format for approach briefings. Please refer to this chart for the information in the table below.


Item Example
Type of Approach “This will be a straight-in ILS approach to Runway 30 at Metropolitan Oakland International.”
Frequencies “ILS frequency is 108.7; Tower is 127.2.”
Headings “Final approach course is 296 degrees.”
Altitudes “The MDA for this approach is 159.”
Rate of Descent N/A for this approach.
Timing N/A for this approach.
Elevation “Field elevation is 9.”
Runway Length “Runway length is 10,520.”
Notes “DME or Radar required.”
Missed Approach Procedure “MAP is climb to 600 then climbing right turn to 4,000 on heading 260º, hold SAU VOR.”
Luca Caviness is an editor for the IFATC Education Group and an IFATC Supervisor. He is also a real-world student pilot.