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FAA-H-8083-16B, Instrument Procedures Handbook, 2017

             Summary of Changes

             This handbook supersedes FAA-H-8083-16A, Instrument Procedures Handbook dated 2015, and contains several
               changes and updates. While this revision contains updated information, it retains the organization and the same
               order of presentation as earlier versions. Some updated graphics and editorial wording changes have been made
               for clarity or consistency.  In multiple places, we corrected or updated terminology as follows: “instrument approach
               plates” to be “instrument approach charts”; “airplane” to “aircraft” where the context applies to all aircraft;  Airport/
               Facility Directory (A/FD) to “Chart Supplement (CS)” or “Digital Chart Supplement (d-CS)” except where the context
               refers to the A/FD section of the CS or d-CS; and “Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)” to “Helicopter Air
               Ambulance (HAA)”. We suggest that the content changes, which are listed below, be thoroughly reviewed.

             Chapter 1
               •	  Reworded paragraph “Alternate Minimums for Commercial Operators,” regarding requirements for Part 121 and
               135 operators. Clarified a sentence indicating it pertains to alternate airports rather than all airports.

               •	  Updated paragraph “Departures from Airports Without an Operating Control Tower”regarding obtaining information
               from a Flight Service Station (FSS). Changed references from “Automated Flight Service Station (AFSS)” to “Flight
               Service Station (FSS).” Added information about finding the phone number to use, when there is a direct line to
               the controlling Air Traffic Control (ATC) Facility, to obtain a clearance.

             Chapter 2
               •	  Added indication that area navigation (RNAV) specific information is sometimes depicted on Victor routes to
               paragraph “IFR En Route Low Altitude Chart.”
               •	  Updated figure 2-30, which depicts a Joint Victor/RNAV airway route, to be more realistic by removing a Global
               Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) minimum en route IFR altitude (MEA) that was a higher altitude than the
               conventional MEA for the same fix pair. The GNSS MEA should only be depicted when it is lower than the altitude
               of the conventional MEA.

             Chapter 3
               •	  Changed paragraph “Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs)” to the following:
               o	   Clarified that STARs end at a fix that allows radar vectors and, at some locations, also allows the option to
                    connect to an approach.
               o	   Explained that the descent gradient on a STAR will have to vary to meet altitude restrictions, if any, along
                    the particular route.
                  o	   Updated the explanation of descent gradient on a STAR based on new guidance in FAA Order 8260.3, U.S.
                    Standard for Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS), that was changed in March 2016.
               •	  Changed paragraph “RNAV STARs or STAR Transitions” to the following:
                  o	   Updated the explanation of design guidance for an RNAV STAR.
                  o	   Updated the explanation of the types of clearances for a STAR.
               •	  Changed paragraph “Interpreting the STAR” updating some of the terminology used for a STAR.

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