August 10, 2006

By Any Means Necessary, Redux

During my instrument training I had an irritating time one night on the VOR A approach into Tracy (KTCY). The published missed approach procedure for that approach struck me as particularly difficult to fly, and I wrote that in hindsight it would have been easier (and safer, I guess) to ignore the written missed instructions (which included getting onto the SAC 157 radial inbound) and just fly the "wrong" radial (ECA 229) with DME to the missed approach holding point (TRACY intersection). The hold is so close to the airport itself that there's little chance of intersecting and tracking the SAC-157 radial before getting past TRACY intersection.

Well, lo and behold, here's a NOTAM I just noticed:

!FDC 6/0993 TCY FI/T TRACY MUNI, TRACY, CA.
VOR OR GPS A, AMDT 5...
MISSED APPROACH: IMMEDIATE CLIMBING RIGHT TURN TO 2000 VIA
HEADING 320 AND ECA R-229 TO TRACY INT AND HOLD.
DME REQUIRED.

Someone's listening, I guess :-). Or someone complained loud enough… (not me).

Comments:
This is a great improvement. I felt exactly the same as Hamish when I did my IFR training. The missed approach from KTCY is what sometimes put the evil in the "evil triangle" of KSCK, KTCY, KLVK... If this change was spurred by your suggestion Hamish, then thanks!
-- Bonanza Bob (V35B at KPAO)
 
Bob -- thanks. Yes, it's a change for the better, but unfortunately my blog whining didn't do anything to change it -- I suspect one too many DE's watching the struggle from the right seat probably did it in the end. Incidentally, I tend to think of KSAC, KTCY, and O88 (Rio Vista) as the Evil Triangle :-).
 
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