Sat, May 07, 2011
Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms,
names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that
populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed
wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.
Aero-Terms should serve as a quick but intriguing reminder of
the terms you may use every day, or an introduction to an aspects
of the Aero-World you may not yet be familiar with. ANN also
encourages readers to go beyond the FMI link, and further research
any intriguing terms.
Suggestions for future Aero-Terms are ALWAYS
welcome, as are additions or discussion of the
explanations given for each Aero-Term.
An airfield traffic pattern is a standard path followed by
aircraft when taking off or landing. At an airport, the pattern is
a standard path for coordinating air traffic. It differs from
"straight in approaches" and "direct climb outs" in that aircraft
using a traffic pattern remain close to the airport. Patterns are
usually employed at small general aviation (GA) airfields and
military airbases. Traffic patterns can be defined as left-hand or
right-hand, according to which way the turns in the pattern lie.
They are usually left-hand because most small airplanes are piloted
from the left seat (or the senior pilot or pilot in command sits in
the left seat), and so the pilot has better visibility out the left
window. Refer to image below for a standard traffic pattern.
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