Back to Basics – Series 4, Lesson 9

In the holding pattern

Continuing to explore IFR flight, this issue we keep turning in circles, but this time while we look at some useful tips to help keep you in the holding pattern and understand why new IFR pilots hate them so much.

We look at some useful tips to help keep you in the holding pattern.
We look at some useful tips to help keep you in the holding pattern. Peter Stark

Hold on a minute

As the airways become more congested, we can appreciate that there will be occasions when aircraft may have to wait for their turn on an airway or for an approach. This congestion can be exacerbated by bad weather, where aircraft may have to fly a missed approach and try again. So, the air traffic network provides for some navigation aids or intersections to effectively become aerial parking bays – holding patterns.

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