August 2009 Issue

Patterns Of Conflict

Well guys, if thereís an aviation subject, other than lean-of-peak EGT, guaranteed to generate a multitude of conflicting opinions, traffic patterns and entries at non-towered airports certainly qualify (Unicom, July). You are to be commended for your bravery in taking it on! Unfortunately, and like so many other aspects of aviation, there is seldom a "one size fits all" situation. As Iím sure you are well aware, there is that faction who believe straight-in-approaches are blatantly illegal at non-towered airports. Then there is another group who will blunder straight in regardless of how many aircraft are in the pattern. As always, good judgment must prevail and, unfortunately, there seem to be those few who are totally immune to learning or exercising same! One advantage to the 45 is that it allows you to break off the entry safely if there doesnít seem to be an adequate interval within which to fit, make a 360 away from the airport and try again.

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