Visual Descent Point (VDP)

March, 7, 2021 by

The Visual Descent Point (VDP) is a defined point on a straight-in, non-precision approach. If the required visual reference is achieved, the pilot may descend below the Minimum Descent Altitude (MDA).

If available, the VDP will be displayed as an upside-down triangle on the profile view section of the approach chart. The pilot must not descend below the MDA before reaching the VDP and acquiring the appropriate visual reference.

Luca Caviness is an editor for the IFATC Education Group and an IFATC Supervisor. He is also a real-world student pilot.