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A side-step manoeuvre, allowed by some NAAs, is an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) approach profile to closely spaced parallel runways in which the aircraft conducts the approach to one of the runways but lands on the other.


Side-step manoeuvres are only permitted on parallel runways that are separated by 1200' or less. Where side-step manoeuvres are authorised, ATC may clear an aircraft to conduct a standard instrument approach procedure to either one of the parallel runways to be followed by a straight−in landing on the adjacent runway. The ATC clearance will specify the approach procedure to be flown as well as the landing runway. For example, "cleared ILS approach runway 26 left, side-step to runway 26 right", or similar wording. Pilots are expected to commence the side−step manoeuvre as soon as possible after the runway or runway environment is in sight. Compliance with any minimum altitudes, that are associated with stepdown fixes, is expected, even after the side−step manoeuvre is initiated.

Approach Minima

Approaches conducted to a side−step manoeuvre are limited to a Minimum Descent Altitude (MDA) regardless of the approach flown. Landing minimums for the adjacent runway will be based on non-precision approach criteria and are, therefore, higher than the precision minimums to the primary runway. Side-step minimums will be equivalent to, or higher than, the non-precision minimums for the approach conducted. Side-step minimums will also normally be lower than the published circling minimums. A typical minima block for a approach which includes side-step criteria is depicted below.

Go-around from a Side-step Manoeuvre

If a Go Around is required, either during the approach or during the side-step manoeuvre, the published missed approach procedure for the approach flown is to be followed.

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Further Reading

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)

  • ICAO Annex 6: Operation of Aircraft;
  • ICAO Doc 8168: Procedures for Air Navigation Services - Aircraft Operations (PANS-OPS) Vol I - Flight Procedures);