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Definition of Initial approach area

Initial approach area Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
(*) An area of defined width lying between the last preceding navigational fix or dead reckoning position and either the facility to be used for making an instrument approach or a point associated with such a facility that is used for demarcating the termination of initial approach.
  
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )