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left downwind, right downwind?

Postby touchandgo1957 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:56 pm

They say ignorance is lack of knowledge, so I am ignorant, not stupid, (well, maybe a little) but I did ask this question several months ago and I still need help.
EXAMPLE: enter a left downwind, is the airport on your left as you are flying, or is the plane on the airports left as you enter the airspace? Does this make sense?
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Re: left downwind, right downwind?

Postby twominuteturn » Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:08 pm

a left downwind approach means that: as you are flying downwind (parallel) to the runway, the airport should be on YOUR left.
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Re: left downwind, right downwind?

Postby stweaver321 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:35 pm

Best way to remember this is to ask yourself, "which way do I have to turn to enter base leg?" If you have to turn left to enter the base leg, then you're in a left downwind and if you have to turn right to enter the base leg, then you're in a right downwind.

This same reasoning applies when calling your base. If you have to turn left to enter final, then you're on a left base and...you get the point.

Direction of turn to the next leg determines if you are right or left on your current leg.
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Re: left downwind, right downwind?

Postby David7700 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:36 pm

In the pattern, flying left traffic means you are making all left turns. Right traffic means all right turns. Took me a while to figure that out. :)
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Re: left downwind, right downwind?

Postby touchandgo1957 » Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:43 pm

Great! Thanks all of you who answered. I FINALLY got it Whew!!!!!! What a bunch of great guy's!!
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