January 2007 Issue

Pattern Traps

Flying a traffic pattern is one of the most basic of skills, yet too many still manage to screw it up. How to keep your head while all about you are losing theirs.

Everyone remembers their first solo flight. Mine was memorable for two reasons. First, the Cessna 150 I was flying had a habit of allowing its right-side window to pop open, seemingly at will. Of course, the airplane "willed" the window open shortly after I became airborne on my third touch and go.

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