Just now on Expert I was flying from WSSS to WMKK in a 744.
There was no ATC at WMKK and all runways were green. I chose 32R to land on.
When I was about 3 nm from intercepting the ILS for 32R, ATC came online.
I was told to enter right downwind for 14R. No further instructions were given.
I was on the opposite side of the airfield at about 4000 ft.
To get to right downwind for 14R I had to turn south and had to first cross 14R (the ILS for 32L)
which was in use for both inbound and outbound traffic. I could already see traffic coming my way.
I climbed to 5000 ft, entered right downwind for 14R and completed my flight successfully.
Luckily I was far enough to the south in time to be a problem for traffic departing from 14R.
My question is about the altitude I climbed to when I was told to switch from 32R to 14R.
I didn’t receive altitude instructions. Since I was already so close to the ILS for 32L when I turned south, I climbed to 5000 feet, hoping that would be high enough.
So I had to cross an active runway for outbound traffic at 10 nm from the runway. That worried me.
At what altitude should I have been?
Should ATC have given me more instructions than just to enter right downwind for 14R.
This is not to complain about ATC. I’d just like to learn.