how far distance from final to touchdown during visual approach?
- Warbird PilotLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Final ends at touchdown, what's the question.
- Dan BLv 71 decade ago
The final approach leg is 2 to 3 miles depending upon glide slope angle. 2 miles for a 5 deg, 3 miles for a 3 deg. I'm presuming you are asking about the length of the final approach leg on a standard box pattern where the final begins 800 ft AGL.
The other answers are good to excellent, but they deal with the rules and regulations and visual sight distances required to meet those rules and regulations and restrictions.
- TechwingLv 71 decade ago
A pilot must have the airport in sight in order to begin a visual approach. A visual approach clearance is issued only to IFR flights. ATC will issue the clearance when the pilot confirms that he has the airport in sight. There isn't any maximum or minimum distance for this; the only requirement is that the pilot have visual contact with the airport.
Visual approach clearances are not issued to VFR flights, because VFR flights must always have visual contact with the airport in order to land. For VFR flights, VFR minimums apply.
ATC may vector for a visual approach if the ceiling at the destination airport is at least 500 feet above the MVA with visibility of at least 3 statute miles. A clearance may be issued when the ceiling is expected to be at least 1000 feet AGL at the field, again with 3 statute miles of visibility.
- 1 decade ago
Final approach can be anywhere from 1000 feet to 10 miles long depending on the type of flying you're doing (pattern work, cross country, etc).
VFR pattern work can be done with as little as 1statute mile visibility at Class G airports as long as you stay within 1/2 mile of the runway and keep it in sight at all times. Under normal conditions, yes, 3sm is the minimum. You can fly VFR in 1statute mile visibility in the above conditions and with a special VFR clearance.Source(s): Commercial Pilot
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- Rob GLv 61 decade ago
That depends on how long your final approach is. It can be as short as maybe 1/2 mile to tens of miles long. It's not uncommon for airline pilots to have 20 mile finals.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
That depends... a visual approach can be done with 1 mile of visibility,
VFR needs three miles in some airspace but....
If you're in class B airspace you need one mile and clear of clouds, if you're flying SVFR you can request a visual approach with one mile of visibility.
You can also do pattern work with 1 mile of visibility.
- 1 decade ago
VFR needs at least 3 miles. Other answerer is wrong.