Type of Approach?

Type of Approach?

Postby dmackusick » Mon May 18, 2020 11:06 am

I am sorry to ask such a dumb question, but I’m new at this. I have been flying VFR in a C172 w/o flight following and doing good with departing and landing at Class D airports. Today I did my first landing at a Class C airport and all was going well until the approach controller asked what type of approach I wanted. I didn’t know what to say. Was he just asking if I wanted a visual approach? Or something more specific?
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Re: Type of Approach?

Postby Keith Smith » Mon May 18, 2020 12:05 pm

The controller likely confused you with an IFR aircraft. "Approach" refers to a SIAP (Standard Instrument Approach Procedure). The best response would've been, "we are a VFR arrival," after which the controller would've snapped out of it and given you VFR pattern entry instructions.
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Re: Type of Approach?

Postby dmackusick » Mon May 18, 2020 12:27 pm

Thanks Keith! That makes sense. I will not make that mistake again. To the controller's credit after I expressed some confusion he went ahead with VFR pattern entry instructions. Really enjoying PilotEdge though I get a little nervous on most flights. I've been following the VFR Communications manual and trying to get it right, but when I make a mistake your controllers have been kind but firm in correcting me.
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