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This is the ILS7 @ KORL airport, FL

There is a holding pattern published over ESRAQ fix and labelled as RADAR FIX, let us say there is a plane coming from SE, then can I expect to fly course reversal and join inbound? ESRAQ serves as both IF/IAF

Also, being required a RADAR to fly this approach, will controllers provide vectors to join localizer both front and back course(this case, plane would fly HILPT in holding pattern and establish on inbound?)  ?

What is the reason for establishing RADAR fix other than helping pilots to identify fix when you are not equipped with DME or something?

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  1. Mark Kolber on Apr 17, 2017

    What is the reason for establishing RADAR fix other than helping pilots to identify fix when you are not equipped with DME or something?

    That’s basically it. ESRAQ is identifiable by either DME or Radar. It’s a Radar fix to help out pilots without some other way (DME or GPS) to identify it.

    Other than that, there’s really no difference from any other approach, except that RADAR must be available to use it at all. And just like any ILS orLOC in a radar environment, you can get vectors to final. You can also anticipate the possibility of a localizer intercept prior to ESRAQ, or “direct ESRAQ, cleared for the approach, just as you would anywhere else.
    The course reversal? Possible I guess, although would expect downwind and base vectors rather than that 99% of the time.

    Why the rtadar? Just a guess. Look where it is with respect to KMCO. Rader is probably to ensure separation where the approaches to the two airports converge.

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