5.15. Contact/Visual Approach Procedures, VFR Circuits

  1. General — The purpose of carrying out a Contact Approach, a Visual Approach, or a VFR Circuit, is to position and configure the Aeroplane to carry out a safe landing. The AIP and the CARs provide a good deal of information on these procedures which will not be repeated here. This section does however, provide guidance on Aeroplane configuration, checks, and navigation.
  2. Aeroplane Configuration and Checks — For guidance on Aeroplane configuration and completion of checks, Contact Approaches, Visual Approaches and VFR Circuits are treated as variations of the same type of procedure.

    [Insert the Aeroplane configuration(s) that apply to your operation. Specify either as a requirement, a recommended profile, or an approximate configuration. In developing procedures for Intermediate/Final Approaches, consider the following items:
    - Aeroplane speed;
    - Engine and/or propeller settings;
    - Landing Gear position;
    - Flap setting;
    - Icing considerations;
    - Speed brake or spoiler setting;
    - NAVAID display;
    - Autopilot usage;
    - Flight Director usage;
    - Recommended locations for completion of checks (In-Range, Before Landing, Final Landing.

  3. Navigation — Navigation during visual procedures is by definition primarily by visual means. However, there is often an advantage to use other available NAVAIDS.

    [Insert guidance on set up and use of NAVAIDS as applicable to your operation. The guidance may be quite rudimentary for Visual Approaches and VFR Circuits, or more detailed for Contact Approaches.]

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