I was flying a 767 east at 12000, heading for Ontario. The tower cleared me for landing on runway 08. I knew I wasn’t going to get down in time for straight in, so I decided to fly over the airport at 10000, then start my decent, making a turn to the left, making a pattern type approach, when I got the “follow instructions” message… My questions are…
Can’t the tower see my altitude, and should they realize why I’m doing what I’m doing?
Should I always prepare (altitude and speed) for a straight in approach?
If I can’t make the suggested runway, do I request another one if it’s available?
Anything else I should have done?