May 2016 Issue

Pattern Ops

Youíre doing them wrong.

Spend enough time at a non-towered airport, as I have, and youíll eventually see every traffic-pattern variation you thought possible. Traffic patterns at towered facilities, of course, are subject to ATC management. The controllerís job is to sequence and separate traffic on the runway(s). In the absence of local controllers, non-towered airports use the traffic-pattern procedures first drummed into primary students during landing practice.

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