When to give pattern instructions | When to clear to land/for the option

I have a question. When I usually control as Tower on PG and a aircraft is inbound requesting to land, touch and go, etc. I would tell them to enter straight in, or enter left downwind depending on where they are currently located. Then once they get on final or on base I would then clear them to land/clear them for the option. Is that the correct way, or is their a different way?

Yes. The first thing you do is give them pattern entry instructions. Enter left downwind or base or straight in. But , if they are to follow other aircraft tell them to enter pattern and sequence them at the same time . Enter left downwind ,# 2 traffic to follow is on left base or where ever . Then clear them either for the option or clear to land . Any other questions, just ask.// Recruiter

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