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Timed Approaches from a Holding Fix 

ONE MINUTE 

FLYING TIME 

APPROXIMATELY 5 MILES 

12:03 CLEARANCE RECEIVED 

:04 INITIAL TIME 

OVER FIX 

1000 FT. 

1000 FT. 

1000 FT. 

1000 FT. 

:06 1/2 

:07  REPORT 

LEAVING FINAL 

APPROACH TIME 

:05 1/2 

:05 

30 SEC. 

REPORT LEAVING 

PREVIOUS ALTITUDE FOR 

NEW ASSIGNED ALTITUDE 

LMM 

LOM 

AIRPORT 

EXAMPLE

 

At 12:03 local time, in the example shown, a pilot holding, receives instructions to leave the fix inbound at 12:07. These 
instructions are received just as the pilot has completed turn at the outbound end of the holding pattern and is proceeding 
inbound towards the fix. Arriving back over the fix, the pilot notes that the time is 12:04 and that there are 3 minutes to lose 
in order to leave the fix at the assigned time. Since the time remaining is more than two minutes, the pilot plans to fly a race 
track pattern rather than a 360 degree turn, which would use up 2 minutes. The turns at the ends of the race track pattern 
will consume approximately 2 minutes. Three minutes to go, minus 2 minutes required for the turns, leaves 1 minute for level 
flight. Since two portions of level flight will be required to get back to the fix inbound, the pilot halves the 1 minute remaining 

Arrival Procedures 

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