Continuous descent final approach

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Term continuous descent final approach
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CDFA

Definition

A technique, consistent with stabilized approach procedures, for flying the final approach segment of a non-precision instrument approach procedure as a continuous descent, without level-off, from an altitude/height at or above the final approach fix altitude/height to a point approximately 15 m (50 ft) above the landing runway threshold or the point where the flare maneuver should begin for the type of aircraft flown.

Definition Source

ICAO (2008) Official term and definition added to PANS-OPS (Doc 8168, Volume I) by Amdt 3 (Interim Edition, 2008).

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