The Importance of Speed Restrictions

June, 28, 2020 by

When you add a SID or STAR to a flight plan in Infinite Flight, you can see altitude restrictions. Obviously, you should follow these restrictions. What may not be quite as obvious, however, are other restrictions contained in procedures. Many departure and arrival procedures contain speed restrictions too. Just like the altitude restrictions, you should follow speed restrictions. This is an important step to helping ATC and your fellow pilots control traffic. Prior to flying an instrument procedure, you should be reading and following all notes and restrictions. Reading procedures and profiles prior to flight is an important step in preflight planning.

Ryan Epps is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. He is also a commercial pilot, flight instructor, and helps run the Airport Editing Team, currently as an Airport Editing Manager.