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Thread: Landing - or, rather, traffic - patterns....

  1. #21

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    Hope this helps at your airport. Aviation has enough problems without us fighting each other.

  2. #22

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    Maybe the tower isn't needed at one of those airports anymore.

  3. #23

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    And now a defense of the rectangular pattern!

    My last flight a few days ago went from calm air (I was flying hands free) to a big fat 90 degree crosswind for landing in about forty minutes or so. The change was quick enough that the AWOS couldn't keep up with it.

    Anyhow, I knew something was up - the air just felt different - and extended my pattern out to the typical rectangle (ish). So when the air is poopy or at an angle, the rectangle gives one a bit more time to adjust.

    But in calmer winds I'll stick to my half circle.
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