Clarifying when to clear for the GPS

March, 23, 2022 by

In the recent v22.1.0.1 update to the ATC Manual the following was updated:

[6.9.4]( — Controllers can favor utilizing vectors in the following cases:

  • if a STAR does not lead aircraft onto the final approach
  • if it would not be expeditious to allow aircraft to fly their entire flight plan with CURRENT traffic levels
  • or if the aircraft has declared a missed approach
  • In these instances, Controllers should provide the aircraft with vectors to the Initial Approach Fix (IAF) as a MINIMUM; and in ALL cases, must ensure that the aircraft is able to establish inbound on the GPS Approach. Once this is assured AND the observed track of the aircraft suggests a successful rejoin, the aircraft can be cleared for the GPS Approach (see 6.9.2 above).

    *Establish inbound is defined as a vector that will allow the aircraft to join the FPL or the Controller sending “Continue as Filed” to allow the aircraft to make their own way to the FPL.

Previously a GPS approach had to be present in the pilot’s flight plan but this is no longer the case.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More