Mon, Dec 25, 2006
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A rectangular flight pattern around the landing runway at an
airport. Generally includes a 45-degree or crosswind entry to the
rectangle turning to a downwind, base and final legs as sides of
the rectangle. Standard turns are 90-degree left turns around the
rectangle (right-hand turns are used in a non-standard traffic
pattern. This is noted in Airport Facility Directories or with
markings around the wind indicator). Downwind is flown at a
specified altitude, usually 1,000 or 1,500 feet above the airport
elevation. At airports with a control tower; the pattern may be
modified according to ATC instructions.
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