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Message: Pitts Landings - "Slipping" vs. "Carrier" approach
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From: Derek Sherlock <dereks at hpfcla.fc.hp.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 1997 21:46:39 UTC
For all the same reasons you gave, I prefer the rectangular pattern but beleive it's important to practice both. Both have drawbacks in the presence of other traffic: - The carrier approach is problematic with other traffic because you're not doing the same size or shape pattern as anybody else. - The rectangular approach is problematic with other traffic because, though you're following the same path over the ground, you're typically staying high until short final and then descending steeply. Since both are compromises, be sure to consider the weaknesses of each and keep an especially careful eye on other traffic. At a tower airport with a good controller, I've often been slipped in ahead of slow planes doing huge patterns. With the carrier type pattern, I can get on the ground quick without inconveniencing anyone. In most other situations I prefer the rectangular pattern with a steep descent at the end. In the absence of other traffic, it's often a very small rectangle, though. Derek. -- ___ __ /___ ___ Derek Sherlock | / /_ _ \ | Fort Collins Systems Lab (FSL) | / / // / \ | 3404 E. Harmony | \ / //_/ / | Fort Collins CO 80525 |___\_ /____/___| / Direct: 970-229-7582 H E W L E T T Fax: 970-229-7388 P A C K A R D Email: dereks at fc.hp.com