May 16 (Wed) 7:00pm Airport Traffic Patterns

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Flying the airport traffic pattern is a key skill one acquires when learning to fly but not always straightforward depending on the aircraft, aircraft in the pattern, weather and towered vs non towered airport. This is what really makes flying the pattern fun and will constantly test our skills.

Therefore a lot of time is usually spent in the pattern practicing takeoffs and landings, whether its initial or recurrent training. But how often do we pay attention to the nuances of flying this basic ground reference maneuver? There are a multitude of variables to consider in order to execute a traffic pattern the way it's supposed to be flown, not to mention that stabilized approach we always strive for.

Join Sid as he reviews the basics of flying the traffic pattern while applying the concepts of Aviate, Navigate, Communicate and Mitigate. He will share experiences both as pilot and flight instructor and the insights gained which may be helpful next time you're up in the air.

Sid Basu is a CFI ASEL, Commercial ASEL, AMEL and Instrument rated pilot with over 1000 hours total time and almost 500 hours dual given. He has been flying since 2008 and started instructing last year with San Carlos Flight Center.


This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

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