Pattern Terminology

Hey,

I am working on studying to apply for IFATC. However, there is one thing that has got me stumped! I am REALLY struggling with the upwind, downwind, base, left upwind, right downwind ETC. Any advice or specific tutorial I should watch?!

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Hello,

These terminologies that you have mentioned relate to the respective legs of a pattern. Take a look at the image below for a better understanding:

pattern

I also recommend taking a look at the official Infinite Flight Pattern Work tutorial that can be found on YouTube here.

Take care mate!

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Hey,

I recommend you read the ATC Manual

Pattern Work can be found here:


or watch the new tutorial video

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Ah okay, That does help a bit. Does Left and Right just mean different sides of the runway then?

Yes, whatever direction you have to look to see the runway. For example, if you have to look to the left to see the runway then you are either on left crosswind, left downwind or left base and vise versa.

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And don’t forget about the Crosswind leg between upwind and downwind!

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Ahhh okay TYSM

Think of it as which way the aircraft has to turn for each leg;
Right turns = Right Traffic
Left turns = Left Traffic

(This is how I have always known)

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This is actually very useful

The best advice I can give you: you’re sitting in the cockpit seat. You’re looking through the window. If the aiport is on your left: Left downwind. Aiport on your right: Right downwind. Hope this helps.

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