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Procedure Turn
Procedure Turn
An aircraft maneuver in which a turn is made away from a designated track followed by a turn in the opposite direction, both turns being executed at a constant rate so as to permit the aircraft to intercept and proceed along the reciprocal of the designated track.
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source: FAA Flight Navigator's Handbook (FAA-H-8083-18)

The maneuver prescribed when it is necessary to reverse direction to establish an aircraft on the intermediate approach segment or final approach course. The outbound course, direction of turn, distance within which the turn must be completed, and minimum altitude are specified in the procedure. However, unless otherwise restricted, the point at which the turn may be commenced and the type and rate of turn are left to the discretion of the pilot.

A maneuver in which a turn is made away from a designated track followed by a turn in the opposite direction to permit the aircraft to intercept and proceed along the reciprocal of the designated track.

  • Note 1: Procedure turns are designated "left" or "right" according to the direction of the initial turn.
  • Note 2: Procedure turns may be designated as being made either in level flight or while descending, according to the circumstances of each individual approach procedure.

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source: FAA Pilot/Controller Glossary

A maneuver prescribed when it is necessary to reverse direction to establish an aircraft on the intermediate approach segment or final approach course.
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source: FAA Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25A)

PROCEDURE TURN (PT):
  • ICAO: A maneuver in which a turn is made away from a designated track followed by a turn in the opposite direction to permit the aircraft to intercept and proceed along the reciprocal of the designated track.

    NOTE:

    1. Procedure turns are designated “left” or “right” according to the direction of the initial turn.
    2. Procedure turns may be designated as being made either in level flight or while descending, according to the circumstances of each individual approach procedure.
  • USA: The maneuver prescribed when it is necessary to reverse direction to establish an aircraft on the intermediate approach segment or final approach course. The outbound course, direction of turn, distance within which the turn must be completed, and minimum altitude are specified in the procedure. However, unless otherwise restricted, the point at which the turn may be commenced and the type and rate of turn are at the discretion of the pilot.
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source: ICAO Aviation Chart Glossary


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