As it goes, I’m pretty confident with ATC instructions and commands. I’m also confident with pattern work, though I have come across something that had made me question this. Once I have been cleared for takeoff by an ATC personnel and cleared to enter left traffic, from here am I correct in thinking that I should continue upwind preferably via runway heading until I make the decision to turn crosswind. Once turning onto downwind and maintaining speed, should I report my position saying 'Harry is on left downwind runway __ full stop. This is where I am confused. Should the controller then CLEAR me for landing via the proper procedure 'Harry, runway __ cleared for to land or just reply with ROGER. Though ROGER is the reply suggested by the commands, should the controller not clear me for landing, once he has done so I should continue downwind to base and proceed into final and land, no other request needed. I was informed that I should ALWAYS clear someone to land not just say ‘Riger’ though I’ve been experiencing this a lot on advanced servers. When should a pilot say he is inbound whilst in pattern, on base or downwind, and when would ‘I’ll call your base’ be applicable. It’s been bugging me a lot!
Sorry for the lengthy rant, but I’d like to know, I always thought I should clear when someone reports position while in pattern, not reply with roger? When would this be the case. And when should a pilot call inbound while in traffic.