Flying a NDB Approach with Wind Correction

Flying a NDB Approach with Wind Correction in a BE76 Duchess is an updated video from the original Moorabbin NDB video. The update is flying the approach with wind correction.

This video includes two holding patterns over the NDB, followed by the outbound and inbound tracks. A post flight analysis showing the actual flight paths from start to finish. You will see the effect wind has on flying holding patterns.

If you are flying a NDB Approach and you also have GPS onboard, you can fully utilize the GPS to determine the actual Wind Direction. (This is a new technique I developed on my own, it has never been taught to me by anyone else.) Also, based on your required wind correction angle for your TAS, you can accurately estimate the wind strength.

Flying a NDB Approach with Wind Correction in a BE76 Duchess
NHIMBO overhead Moorabbin Airport outbound in the Holding Pattern.

You will need to calculate the wind correction angle for your flight, based on your Wind Direction, Speed and TAS. Play with an E6B computer to see the relationship between TAS, Wind Direction and Speed. See what it does to your required Wind Correction Angle. If you do not have access to an E6B Pilot Computer, you can use an online version at no cost. The online E6B can be found here by clicking on this link: https://e6bx.com/e6b/

Download the YMMB NDB-A Approach Plate used in the video.

Flying a NDB Approach with Wind Correction in a BE76 Duchess
NHIMBO inbound to the NDB from the Yarra Valley area.

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Flying a NDB Approach with Wind Correction in a BE76 Duchess
NHIMBO outbound with Ricketts Point in the distance underneath the aircraft, in the Melbourne suburb of Beaumaris.

If you have any questions about flying a NDB Approach with Wind Correction, or on any other aviation topic, you can send me an e-mail. Thank you..

Ashley Wincer

An Indianapolis based Australian working towards building flight time to meet the US ATP requirements. Works full time as an Aircraft Fueler and Aircraft Deicer during winter operations. Previously has worked as a US Flight Dispatcher, Ramp Agent and Operations Ramp Controller.

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