separate a beacon target from terrain, obstructions, a primary target, or adjacent airspace, add a 1-mile
correction factor to the applicable minima.
8. RADAR APPROACHES
a. Pattern. The downwind leg (parallel but in opposite direction to final approach course) is
normally offset 3 to 5 miles. It can be a left pattern, right pattern, or both depending on restrictions.
The base leg (a 90-degree angle to the downwind leg) can also be a left or right pattern, as appropriate.
The final leg is normally two turns from base to final. The first turn is generally an intercept heading of
30 degrees to the final approach course (Figure 2). The second turn is the final approach course
heading. This procedure is standard but not required.
Figure 2. Approach Course Interception Angle.
b. Application. Provide radar approaches according to standard or special instrument approach
procedures. A radar approach may be given to any aircraft on request and may be offered to aircraft in
distress regardless of weather conditions or to expedite traffic.
c. Approach Information.
(1) Issue the following information to an aircraft that will conduct a radar approach. Current
approach information contained in the automatic service (ATIS) broadcast may be omitted if the pilot
states the appropriate ATIS broadcast code. All items listed below except (c) may be omitted after the
first approach is made and no change has occurred. Transmission with aircraft in this approach phase
should be approximately every minute.