I-08: Non-precision approaches (LOC)

Localizer approaches, with vectors to final

Recommended aircraft: turboprop (Pilatus PC-12, Piper Meridian, King Air) , slow piston (Cessna Skyhawk, Piper Warrior) , fast piston (Beech Baron, Piper Seneca)

Pilot will fly IFR from KAVX (Catalina) to KSAN (San Diego International) to shoot the LOC RWY 27 approach with vectors to final.  Utilizing the skills acquired in previous ratings, the pilot will use the TEC route system to file the appropriate route.

This rating has three goals:
  1. Focus on procedures for departing IFR from a non-towered airport
  2. Stress the point that the most commonly used approach at KSAN is a non-precision approach
  3. Locate and file the appropriate TEC route for KAVX to KSAN for the aircraft being used.
While it is legal to pick up the IFR clearance in the air, for the purpose of the rating you must pick up the IFR clearance and release on the ground at KAVX.

The related materials below provide detailed information for the departure and arrival aspects of this task.  The LOC RWY 27 approach into KSAN is commonly misflown online, with many pilots remaining far higher than is needed until the last minute.  Controllers can often be seen gathering around the scope and reaching for the popcorn to watch yet another dive bomber approach into the field.

Other than making a safe landing at San Diego, obtaining this rating will require that the pilot correctly fly the approach's vertical profile.

Required Materials
KSAN Facility Chart

Related Materials
ATC Transcript
Transcript: Avalon to San Diego
IFR flight from non-towered field to LOC RWY 27 at KSAN
ZLA - External Link
Non-towered Airport Operations (from ASF)
ASF presentation on non-towered operations, covering closed traffic, departures, arrivals and radio calls. Highly recommended.
Preferred Route Database
Allows searching of the FAA Preferred Route database
ZLA - Instructional Video
KAVX-KSAN Instructional Video
Overview of non-towered IFR departure, and vectors for the LOC RWY 27 into KSAN
ZLA - Practical Test Standards
IFR Practical Test Standards
list of requirements for all IFR ratings
Practical Test Standards
list of requirements for all ratings
ZLA - Reference
Flying the LOC RWY 27 into KSAN
How to fly the most commonly used non-precision approach at KSAN
IFR Cruising Altitudes
IFR non-towered operations
one in, one out, release times and void times