Unicom

July 2009 Issue

Patterns

Your editorial in Juneís issue ("Hornetís Nest") is all good stuff-as far as it goes. Assuming your bottom-of-the-page diagram shows an east/west runway, where is the info on the safest way, the best way if still safe and the most dangerous ways to enter the pattern if coming from 140 to 220 degrees? After all, probably one-third of the aircraft approaching the depicted runway will be from this direction. This common situation seems to be studiously ignored in article after article on traffic patterns. I know how I do it, but I have 2200-plus hours and the experience to communicate precisely. After 12 years of flying into numerous, busy, uncontrolled Southern California airports, it is obvious to me that the training environment is woefully inadequate in addressing the safest and most practical ways (yes, there are more than one) to approach from the non-45-degree or straight-in approach entries.

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