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Why are there Special Procedures?

May 16, 2018
Stacy Honda, Marketing Manager

When entering your destination in the flight plan (via MENU/ARRIVE), you might notice a procedure for which there is no standard published chart. There are two reasons this can occur:

  1. In the U.S., it is an FAA designated "Special Procedure," or in Canada, it is a NAV CANADA-designated Restricted Canada Air Pilot "RCAP,"
  2. It is a Private Approach designed by a company or individual to a certain location. Both of these types of procedures are not publicly available, but are included in UA Navigation Database. Flying these procedures is only possible when you receive issue of the chart and have authorization.

The published chart will indicate "(Special)" at the top, as the graphic below illustrates:

Special Procedures

The FAA develops Special Procedures at airports with challenging terrain or obstacles. Typically, they have greater obstacles and lower minimum descent altitudes than standard approaches that make them worthy of special permission. The LOC DME Rwy 15 (LOC 15) arrival at KASE Aspen, CO for example, has an MDA 1,000 ft. lower than other approaches.

We often receive questions about the LOC 15 arrival into Aspen, CO. Its name is similar to a Localizer Circle to Land approach (LOC DME-E) into the same airport – an approach type not supported by the Flight Management System (FMS), and not in the Navigation Database.

For more information, please contact the UA Database Services department at + 1 520 295 2300 · 800 321 5253.

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