Learning Experiences

October 2005 Issue

Towered Near-Miss

[IMGCAP(1)] After an IFR flight of nearly four hours from our home base on the East Coast, my wife and I approached our destination. Under the overcast, where the visibility was excellent, we canceled IFR and soon reported the field in sight. We were advised to enter a left downwind for the east-west runway; I was flying our Mooney while my wife was handling the navigation and communication duties.

The tower was busy with three inbounds from the southeast, at least two singles and a twin in the pattern, plus us, inbound from the east.

Soon, we were advised to enter the left downwind for the northeast/southwest runway and the tower sequenced us to follow the second single, now on left b...

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