What is an FDC NOTAM? How will they affect todays flight?
A FDC NOTAM is a type of NOTAM that changes Instrument approach procedures. FDC NOTAMs list changes in MDA, DA, Missed approach procedures or any number of other changes made to an Instrument procedure. You can get FDC NOTAMs from your FSS Briefer or DUATS. There are other online sources as well.
N1295U cleared to DuPage via radar vectors to intercept V177 JOT as filled. Climb and Maintain 3000 expect 5000 10 minutes after departure. Departure freq 121.0 Squawk 2631.
Based on that clearance, when do you climb to 5000 feet?
A. You can climb to 5000 feet automatically 10 minutes after take off.
B. When ATC tells you to climb to 5000 feet.
C. If you lose communications then start the climb to 5000 feet 10 minutes after take off.
D. All of the above
E. B & C only
The correct answer is E. Do not start your climb from 3000 to 5000 unless ATC issues you a clearance to do so. The only reason the "expect 5000 10 minutes after departure" is in the clearance is in the case of lost communications. If you lose communications if you are still at 3000 feet 10 minutes after t
Continuing problems creeping up
Oral: Basic weather chart reading, applying Alternate requirements and RNAV approach procedures. Loss Comm procedures seems to be an issue every now and then. Aircraft systems as they relate to IFR have been a common weak area
Flight: Poor altitude control. This is most likely a result of a slow or poor instrument scan. I've had a few applicants treat a DA as an MDA. That's a big no no. A few issues with identifying the MAP and then properly executing the published missed approach procedure.
Foreign Pilots applying for US pilot certificates have special issues. If the paperwork isn't correct we (meaning all of us) will be in a heap of trouble. One suggestion....please contract your DPE before the check ride to discuss the applicants application and credentials. Hopefully we can head off any