Features October 2018 Issue
Too Many Approaches
With all the RNAV approaches, there are simply too many approaches to realistically maintain, so some pruning is planned. Many circling approaches are low-hanging fruit.
One commenter expressed approval of the cancellation of a circling procedure only if all runways accessible by the procedure have a straight-in IAP with lower minimums than in the canceled procedure. The FAA replied that its policy is not meant to assure straight-in IAPs for every runway end, but rather to minimize redundancy. While cancelling some circling procedures might reduce airport accessibility, runway availability will be unaffected. You might have to fly further to get access to your approach, but its availability will stay the same.