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Arrival Procedures


In Example 2, the first clearance requires the pilot to

descend to FL 240 as directed, comply with any published

speed restrictions, and maintain FL 240 until cleared for

further vertical navigation with a newly assigned altitude

or a“descend via” clearance. 


The second clearance authorizes the pilot to descend to

FL 240 at his discretion, to comply with any published

speed restrictions, and then maintain FL 240 until issued

further instructions.
3. Lateral/routing and vertical navigation clearance.

“Descend via the Eagul Five arrival.”
“Descend via the Eagul Five arrival, except, cross

Vnnom at or above one two thousand.”

In Example 3, the first clearance authorized the aircraft to

descend at pilot’s discretion on the Eagul Five arrival; the

pilot must descend so as to comply with all published

altitude and speed restrictions. 


The second clearance authorizes the same, but requires the

pilot to descend so as to cross at Vnnom at or above 12,000.
4. Lateral/routing and vertical navigation clearance

when assigning altitude not published on procedure.

“Descend via the Eagul Five arrival, except after

Geeno, maintain one zero thousand.”

“Descend via the Eagul Five arrival, except cross

Geeno at one one thousand then maintain seven thou-
In Example 4, the first clearance authorized the aircraft to

track laterally on the Eagul Five Arrival and to descend at

pilot’s discretion so as to comply with all altitude and speed

restrictions until reaching Geeno and then maintain

10,000. Upon reaching 10,000, aircraft should maintain

10,000 until cleared by ATC to continue to descend. 


The second clearance requires the same, except the aircraft

must cross Geeno at 11,000 and is then authorized to

continue descent to and maintain 7,000.
5. Direct routing to intercept a STAR and vertical navi-

gation clearance.

“Proceed direct Leoni, descend via the Leoni One ar-


“Proceed direct Denis, cross Denis at or above flight

level two zero zero, then descend via the Mmell One ar-

In Example 5, in the first clearance an altitude is published

at Leoni; the aircraft proceeds to Leoni, crosses Leoni at

the published altitude and then descends via the arrival. If

a speed restrictions is published at Leoni, the aircraft will

slow to comply with the published speed.


In the second clearance, there is no altitude published at

Denis; the aircraft must cross Denis at or above FL200,

and then descends via the arrival.

(b) Pilots cleared for vertical navigation

using the phraseology “descend via” must inform

ATC upon initial contact with a new frequency, of the

altitude leaving, “descending via (procedure name),”

the runway transition or landing direction if assigned,

and any assigned restrictions not published on the


1. Delta 121 is cleared to descend via the Eagul Five
arrival, runway 26 transition: “Delta One Twenty One
leaving flight level one niner zero, descending via the
Eagul Five arrival runway two-six transition.”
2. Delta 121 is cleared to descend via the Eagul Five ar-
rival, but ATC has changed the bottom altitude to 12,000:
“Delta One Twenty One leaving flight level one niner zero
for one two thousand, descending via the Eagul Five ar-
rival, runway two-six transition.”
3. (JetBlue 602 is cleared to descend via the Ivane Two ar-
rival, landing south): “JetBlue six zero two leaving flight
level two one zero descending via the Ivane Two arrival
landing south.”

b. Pilots of IFR aircraft destined to locations for

which STARs have been published may be issued a

clearance containing a STAR whenever ATC deems

it appropriate.

c. Use of STARs requires pilot possession of at

least the approved chart. RNAV STARs must be

retrievable by the procedure name from the aircraft

database and conform to charted procedure. As with

any ATC clearance or portion thereof, it is the

responsibility of each pilot to accept or refuse an

issued STAR. Pilots should notify ATC if they do not

wish to use a STAR by placing “NO STAR” in the

remarks section of the flight plan or by the less

desirable method of verbally stating the same to ATC.

d. STAR charts are published in the Terminal

Procedures Publications (TPP) and are available on

subscription from the National Aeronautical

Charting Office.


1. All public RNAV STARs are RNAV1. These

procedures require system performance currently

met by GPS or DME/DME/IRU RNAV systems that

satisfy the criteria discussed in AC 90−100A, U.S.