Meet one of ATC's imaginary friends. No, not NATCA; instead, there is an imaginary point used for vectoring aircraft to the final approach course. It's established along the final approach course, 1 mile from the final approach fix (FAF) on the side away from the airport, and is no closer than 5 miles from the landing threshold. This point is called the:


Approach gate


Middle marker


Outer marker


Point of no return

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