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Instrument approach procedures & Red terminating lights / side row bars

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So I was reviewing the instrument approach notes and FAR states "Descend no lower than 100 above touchdown zone elevation when referencing the approach light system without seeing the red terminating bars or red side-row bars"


So does this mean that the ALS without red terminating bars or red side row bars such as MALSR cannot descend 100ft above touchdown zone elevation and stay at DA or MDA? Is this soley for ALSF-1 and 2 equipped runways?



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    John D Collins on Apr 30, 2016

    On a MALSR, since it does not have the red terminating bars or the side row bars, you can use the approach lights as your only visual cue to 100 feet above the TDZE, but below that you must see one of the other visual cues to go lower. The ALS1/2 have the red lights, and these can be used to continue below 100 feet above the TDZE.

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