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11th Mar 2006, 18:14
do u have to land To do a circle to land in an IAA me ir skills test?
12th Mar 2006, 01:02
The circle to land does catch people out at first as its not done in the sim, but after one of them you should get the hang of it fairly lively!!
A circle to land is a circle to land. You don't begin on the ground. In your ME IR Flight Test (chances are) it will be your last approach. So for example, MDA is 400ft and ACA is 300ft.
You arrive at 450ft and the examiner takes down the screens, allowing you to descend further to ACA. As you approach ACA he/she calls go around.
As the simulated cloud (the screens) were taken away at 450ft, you have a situation where you have a simulated low cloud base. Although for the circle to land you will be let climb to an altitude of 600ft AGL (depending on the aerodrome and time of day).
So it is basicly a go around but in a situation where you want to land ASAP. So instead you just 'buzz off round the circuit' at 600ft for another go (and to show the examine you can indeed do it).
Great fun, enjoy it!!
The circle to land reason other than the obvious is that the weather ie. wind may favour a different runway to the one the ILS/NDB etc approach is on. Hence a low level bad weather circuit to another more into wind runway. On my IR we finished with a single engine ILS to minima then down came the creens and I went around into low level circuit to land on the same runway. In reality with a failed engine and a nice long runway ahead it would be more sensible to land if at all practicle rather than do another circuit. One interesting point is that after 2 hours or so on instruments with screens up the visual circuit can have a sort of "rabbit in a headlight" kind of feel. I have heard of people failing right at the end of the test due to poor visual scan.