In the recent v220.127.116.11 update to the ATC Manual the following was updated:
[6.9.4](https://infiniteflight.com/guide/atc-manual/6.-radar/6.9-global-positioning-system-(gps)-approach#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.