turboprop (Pilatus PC-12, Piper Meridian, King Air)
slow piston (Cessna Skyhawk, Piper Warrior)
fast piston (Beech Baron, Piper Seneca)
Pilot will fly IFR from KAVX (Catalina) to KSAN (San Diego International) to shoot the LOC RWY 27 approach
with vectors to final. Utilizing the skills acquired in previous
ratings, the pilot will use the TEC route system to file the
This rating has three goals:
- Focus on procedures for departing IFR from a non-towered airport
- Stress the point that the most commonly used approach at KSAN is a non-precision approach
- Locate and file the appropriate TEC route for KAVX to KSAN for the aircraft being used.
While it is legal to pick up the IFR clearance in the air, for the purpose of the rating you must pick up the IFR clearance and release on the ground at KAVX.
The related materials below provide detailed information for the
departure and arrival aspects of this task. The LOC RWY 27
approach into KSAN is commonly misflown online, with many pilots
remaining far higher than is needed until the last minute.
Controllers can often be seen gathering around the scope and reaching
for the popcorn to watch yet another dive bomber approach into the
Other than making a safe landing at San Diego, obtaining this rating
will require that the pilot correctly fly the approach's vertical