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Technique - The traffic pattern

Go with the flow


You’ll spend a lot of time in the traffic pattern—so much so that it will become like your favorite pair of sneakers. From takeoff to touchdown or go-around, here are the legs and suggested radio calls for each segment of the pattern. Assume left traffic at a nontowered airport. Note that the Air Safety Institute’s Operations at Nontowered Airports Safety Advisor suggests making all radio calls before “turning the corner” so as to give other traffic a better idea of where to look for you. And you’ll need to look for traffic, too, so be sure to lift a wing (in a high-wing airplane) and check before turning.


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