Flashcards in Radar Vectoring Deck (14):
A heading issued to an aircraft to provide navigational guidance
What are reasons for vectoring?
• Separation (other aircraft or airspace)
• Safety (around skydiving activities)
• Minimum IFR altitude- in designated mountainous areas 2,000 ft
above the highest obstacle within a horizontal distance of 4 NM
from the course being flown, other than mountainous areas
1,000 ft above the highest obstacle within a horizontal distance
of 4 NM from the course being flown, or as otherwise specified
by the admin or assigned by ATC
Minimum vectoring altitude- lowest msl altitude at which an IFR
aircraft will be vectored by a radar controller except as
authorized for radar approaches departures and missed
approaches. May only be utilized from radar vectoring when
upon the controllers determination that an adequate radar return
is being received from the aircraft
Vector aircraft at or above ___ or ___.
MVA or MIA
When can you vector an IFR aircraft?
Within controlled airspace, at or above the appropriate minimum
altitude, within your area of jurisdiction unless otherwise
coordinated, permitted to resume its own navigation within radar
What must be specified in a vector?
• Direction of the turn if appropriate and a magnetic heading to be
• Number of degrees, in group form, to turn and direction of turn
When flight data processing is available, update the route of flight in
the computer unless:
• Operational advantage is gained or coordination is accomplished
When must the controller advise the pilot of the reason for the vector?
And what should be advised?
• When initiating the vector
• What to expect when the vector is completed
What factors should be considered when determining the appropriate
Wind, weather, traffic, pilot requests
Ensure what if it is needed for spacing or separation?
Aircrafts heading by assigning it (don’t assume an aircraft will
continue on the same track without a heading assignment)
When should you allow for increased compliance time and distance?
When the aircraft is at a higher altitude and greater speed
What are some good vectoring techniques?
• Utilize minimum heading changes and turn slower aircraft behind
faster aircraft if both are similar distances from converging points