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I-03: First TEC route

Recommended aircraft: fast piston (Beech Baron, Piper Seneca) , turboprop (Pilatus PC-12, Piper Meridian, King Air)

"Tower Enroute Control" (TEC) routes provide pre-approved routes and altitudes within adjoining terminal areas.

Pilot will fly KSNA to Burbank (KBUR) using the following TEC route if in a jet or turboprops: SLI, V23, LAX, LAX316R SILEX with a filed altitude of 6000. Piston aircraft should file SLI V23 POPPR SMO125R SMO SMO311R SILEX, at an altitude of 4000.

Winds permitting pilots can be expected to be vectored to the final approach course for ILS RWY 8 approach at Burbank.

The routes above contain both VORs and radials off those VORs. For example, "POPPR SMO125R SMO SMO311R SILEX" means you would fly to POPPR, then the SMO 125 radial inbound to SMO, then the SMO 311 radial to SILEX intersection.

An overview of TEC routes is included in the Related Materials list below. The routes above are the CSTN2 and CSTN1 routes, respectively, and can be found in the ZLA TEC route system (VATSIM) or the FAA preferred route database (PilotEdge), both of which are linked from the TEC overview page.

Even though the correct routes are being provided as part of the text, pilots are encouraged to begin reading and understanding TEC routes now, as a thorough understanding will be helpful for the next rating.

Lastly, pilots are not expected to fly the full approach with the hold entry at SILEX at this stage.  The I-6 is the first rating to introduce and explain the full approach and associated hold entry.

Required Materials
KSNA Facility Chart
KBUR facility chart
KBUR ILS rwy 8 chart

Related Materials
ATC Transcript
Transcript: John Wayne to Burbank, IFR
ZLA - External Link
Web site containing scrollable, zoomable VFR and IFR charts
ZLA Tower Enroute Control
VATSIM ZLA TEC Route Database
ZLA - Instructional Video
KSNA-KBUR Instructional Video
Overview of the TEC route system, and description of how to fly KSNA-KBUR
ZLA - Practical Test Standards
IFR Practical Test Standards
list of requirements for all IFR ratings
Practical Test Standards
list of requirements for all ratings
ZLA - Reference
IFR Clearance Primer
Simple intro to the common elements of an IFR Clearance
IFR Cruising Altitudes
L-3 low enroute IFR chart
IFR chart depicting victor airways around southern California
Tower Enroute Control (TEC)
Overview of the TEC system
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Keith on Nov 11, 09 13:47
Nice catch! However, T-routes are terminal routes for RNAV- equipped aircraft. It is just a coincidence that T-245 is easily described as a series of radials/intersections.

For this reason, the published TEC route remains as is.

If you have RNAV, though, I would think you could file the route you mentioned.

Brian on Nov 10, 09 21:33
Although I haven't flown this route yet, and I'm not a real pilot (yet) I researched and found this would be an acceptable filing for the route using single prop aircraft:


V23 can be assumed from SLI POPPR and T245 takes care of the radial entries as they are clearly defined on the charts.

Would like to hear others opinions.

Happy vatsimming!

Ron on Oct 27, 09 01:05
i have to admit, i enjoy flyin' right over LAX. :) in this lesson, you get to. screenshots galore! anyhow, Brad Podd gave me the Nodd of approval on this one. i'd like to thank Brad for maintaining a friendly demeanor, even tho' there was many of us pilots who needed his attention. his voice was calming, which is what i need when i'm in the air! thanks Brad!

ron, N43598

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