Example of two aircraft remaining in the pattern

Last year I created an example of how to properly clear an aircraft that was remaining in the pattern. Today, I’ll be sharing with you an example of how to properly deal with two aircraft that are remaining in the pattern.

I’m going to play out a scenario. You’re controlling KSSC, Shaw AFB. Runway 04L and 04R are in use. We’re going to fly two patterns. Get out a pen and paper and draw this scenario as you follow along.

N623KB is on left crosswind for runway 04L and G-9320 is on left downwind for runway 04L. They have just taken off and are remaining in the pattern.

Controller: N623KB, number 2, traffic to follow is on left downwind
N623KB: Number 2, traffic to follow is on left downwind, N623KB
Controller: G-9320, number 1, Cleared for the option, Runway 04L
G-9320: Number 1, Cleared for the option, Runway 04L, G-9320
Controller: N623KB, number 2, Cleared for the option, Runway 04L
N623KB: Number 2, Cleared for the option, Runway 04L, N623KB

N623KB and G-9320 both do a touch and go, G-9320 is on left downwind and N623KB is upwind.

Controller: G-9320, number 1, Cleared for the option, Runway 04L
G-9320: Number 1, Cleared for the option, Runway 04L, G-9320
N623KB: N623KB, requesting change to runway 04R
Controller: N623KB, enter right downwind, Runway 04R
N623KB: Enter right downwind, Runway 04R, N623KB
Controller: N623KB, number 1, Runway 04R, Cleared for the option, after the option, make right traffic
N623KB: Number 1, Cleared for the option, Runway 04R, N623KB

Both N623KB and G-9320 are on downwind.

G-9320: G-9320, requesting change to runway 04R
Controller: G-9320, Enter left base Runway 04R, number 2, traffic to follow is on right downwind
G-9320: Enter left base runway 04R, number 2, traffic to follow is on right downwind, G-9320
Controller: G-9320, Number 2, Runway 04R, cleared for the option, after the option, make right traffic
G-9320: Number 2, Cleared for the option, Runway 04R, G-9320
N623KB: N623KB is on right downwind, full stop
Controller: Roger
G-9320: G-9320 is on left downwind, full stop
Controller: Roger

Both N623KB and G-9320 land.

That is an example of what is expected when sequencing aircraft, re-sequencing, issuing pattern entries and clearances with more then one aircraft in the pattern. Source

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Thanks so much for this helpful tutorial. Was kinda wondering this a few days ago.

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No problem, feel free to ask questions.

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Good examples here!

It’s quite a pain when aircraft request take off “remaining in the pattern”, and you know they are departing the airspace, just the “unable pattern work” part must confuse so many people. Also more a pain withered them being confused whilst trying to hand them off to departure 😂

They can remain in the pattern with a flight plan if that is what you are referring to.

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As in they intend to depart the airspace immediately after take off. Training Sever is what you get, really… 🤷‍♂️

  • I’m gonna wake up to about 50 replies, aren’t I… 😂. Goodnight.

Great Example Trio :)

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No, you can file a FPL and remain in the pattern on any server.

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I think he’s talking about when inexperienced TS pilots request pattern work, but really want a north, south, east or west departure.

Is that right @Ecoops123?

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Yup, that’s the one. Physically seeing users flight plans all to KLAX when controlling ground and tower with another IFC member in the IFATC recruiting progresscat KSFO. Just a pain in the end, I had to leave because everyone was requesting take off on every runway, literally 😣

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Thanks Trio this is very helpful , great example

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Thank you so much, @Trio! This helps a lot. 😊

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