Suggested Airports for Pattern Work
Often times I find myself with five or ten minutes of free time between meetings, when I’m waiting to pick up the kids somewhere, or doing something else simply killing time. Not enough time to do a short haul, but enough time to go check out some random airports and do some pattern work.
What I want to ask the community is: When you have a few moments to spare, where do you like to do pattern work?
Here is a link to a map of airports submitted in this thread. I will keep up with the thread as I am able…:(updated 1/2/18) http://j.mp/2l9BgHd
Personally, I like to look for airports with the following characteristics:
- May not be well known.
- Has scenic or unique terrain around it, but terrain which allows for pattern work (beach, mountains/landmarks in the distance, etc…).
- Has a good layout for pattern work for most planes. If not most, then a specific kind (GA, heavies, etc…).
The first example of an airport I’d like to share where I find myself doing pattern work often is…
Name: Wake Island Airfield
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
- It’s located In the middle of the ocean. Feels like you are landing on water.
- I’ve never seen another pilot there and have rarely seen another pilot within range. Don’t really need to worry about ending up on the ‘Humorous Live Photos’ thread if I’m trying something new.
- Nice, long single runway.
- You can spawn right next to the hold/short at runway 10, making for a very quick taxi. This helps if I want to make it a very quick session.
I’d like to know where you like to do pattern work, and why? Please include ICAO, name, location, why you like to do patterns there and pictures (if able) in response.
Maybe I (and others) will check out one of your preferred places next time we have some time to kill…