"Established"

memooch

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I've been told that ICAO defines "established" as at least 1/2 scale CDI. The AIM is far more very vague, so the ICAO definition is obviously better to teach instrument students. Of course, the latest PTS permits in most cases no more than 3/4 scale for most tasks.

HOWEVER, I'm not able to find a decent reference for this. If anyone knows where this is actually published, please let me know! If this discussion is in a thread already, please enlighten me...

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I might be wrong here, but, I think you might be mixing two things together. To determine if you are "established" on an approach you must have "needle/ course deflection" on the CDI (LOC/VOR). The Instrument Handbook does not give an actual amount of degrees due to winds and being vectored which will or can alter the rate of intercept. Again, it's been 20 years....but...we usually call "course alive" to indicate needle deflection, then turn as required for intercept. Is'nt the PTS giving you parameters for flying the approach (course guidance) ? I'll get back too you...
 

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The Instrument Procedures Handbook - Appendix B covers this. Specifically page B-5 where it references the ICAO procedures for air navigation. In a nutshell you are considered established when within half full scale deflection for ILS and VOR and within plus or minus 5 degrees of the bearing for NDB. Yes the AIM is quite vague.
 

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ICAO uses a +/- X degrees standard. The US uses the English language.

I don't think the AIM is vague at all and that, like all attempts to overdefine something, the ICAO definition comes up short (unless one thinks that when the inbound course is 355, passing through 350 on a heading of 080 with a tailwind is "established.")
 

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ICAO uses a +/- X degrees standard. The US uses the English language.

I don't think the AIM is vague at all and that, like all attempts to overdefine something, the ICAO definition comes up short (unless one thinks that when the inbound course is 355, passing through 350 on a heading of 080 with a tailwind is "established.")
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Mark, Great point..... I liked it so much I read it three times....

But ya know, You are "confusing" someones opinion with logic and facts. How dare you..... :)
 
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... (unless one thinks that when the inbound course is 355, passing through 350 on a heading of 080 with a tailwind is "established.")
Ah, but one must assume that when one reports "established", they're actually established within the established parameters of The Establishment.

...And we all know what happens when you "assume"...

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You look like a friggin' idiot!:smash:
 
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Guys,

Was just trying to answer the posters question which was where is this referenced. The half scale and plus or minus five degrees bearing comment surely wasn't my "opinion" on the matter. The ultimate goal is to stay within protected airspace and the FAA Instrument Procedures Handbook, Appendix B (B-5 through B-9) spells out the cockpit indications and tolerances required for each phase of flight.
 

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I think the original poster/asker meant "at most /2 scale", rather than "at least 1/2 scale" ?
 

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I referenced the PTS and I believe the +/- 5 is in reference to actaully shooting the approach and being within parameters. This is a good question for the ATC section of this forum...Good luck and dont hit a mountain....
 

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You really need to read the entire section not just pick out numbers. Here is a link so you can read the entire section. I include some small bits to peak your intrest.

http://www.faa.gov/library/manuals/aviation/instrument_procedures_handbook/media/APPENDIX-B.pdf

Page B1

Some pilots assume that flying to the tolerances set out in the FAA Instrument Practical Test Standards (PTS) (http://www.faa.gov/education_research/testing/airmen/ test_standards/) will keep them within protected airspace. As a result, it is important to observe the last sentence of the following note in the PTS: “The tolerances stated in this standard are intended to be used as a measurement of the applicant's ability to operate in the instrument environment. They provide guidance for examiners to use in judging the applicant's qualifications. The regulations governing the tolerances for operation under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) are established in 14 CFR Part 91.”

The in-flight presentation of course data can vary widely based upon the selection and distance from a Navigational Aid (NAVAID) or airfield. Consequently, you need to understand that in some cases, flying to the same standards required during your instrument rating flight test does not necessarily ensure that your aircraft will remain within protected airspace during IFR operations or that your aircraft will be in a position from which descent to a landing can be made using normal maneuvers.


Page B5

In the AIM “established” is defined as “to be stable or fixed on a route, route segment, altitude, heading, etc.” The “on course” concept for IFR is spelled out in Part 91.181, which states that the course to be flown on an airway is the centerline of the airway, and on any other route, along the direct course between the NAVAIDS or fixes defining that route.
 
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