To Circle or Not to Circle? That is the question...

Presented By: Franco Pietracupa and Etienne Côté, Bombardier

Recommended for: Aviation Managers and Pilots

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

13:00 - 14:30 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

15:00 - 16:30  


Join hosts Franco Pietracupa and Etienne Côté for a candid discussion on Circling Approaches.  

Circling approaches have been around the since the dawn of instrument flying. Yet every year, this hybrid combination of an instrument approach with visual maneuvering continues to be very prevalent in aviation accidents statistics, too often with deadly consequences. 

Is pilot training adequate? Are SOPs in line with reality? Are we assessing risk correctly? Should we ban Circling altogether? 

From the training requirements, regulations and past accidents, to the human factors, CRM and aerodynamics involved, explore the various factors and reasons that are making these approaches so challenging. But also, get practical advices and best practices on how to adequately prepare, better assess and mitigate risks associated with circling approaches.

Franco Pietracupa

Franco Pietracupa

Demonstration Pilot


Étienne Côté

Étienne Côté

Demonstration Pilot and Air Safety Investigator