Learning Experiences

May 2004 Issue

Learning Experiences: 05/04

A Lack of Control
I was inbound for landing in a Cessna 172 to my home field. I checked in with the tower about six miles out and was told to report back on a left midfield downwind. The runway in use normally used right traffic. The weather was clear and visibility was unrestricted.

While I continued toward the airport, the tower cleared several departures and apparently one of them was a left downwind departure, but I didnít hear that clearance.

The controller was fairly new at the airport, and she did not provide me or the airplanes departing with any traffic information. As I approached the crosswind/downwind intersection, another 172 suddenly appeared on a collision...

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