I am a fairly newly minted private pilot licensee (PPL). I had just taken off from a small private, (but open to the public) airfield. We are under the shelf of Class B, but are G up to 700 and then E to the B above at 4000.
My instructor noticed our oil Pressure gauge was very close to the red line, and so of course we headed back. I was about to make a call to inform CTAF we would be crossing midfield and joining the left down wind. Instructor takes control and makes a call asking if any others are in the pattern. Then declare that we will be entering a right down wind (we are a left hand field).
A voice pipes up: Are you declaring an emergency?. I reply no, this is an urgency. (By now the wisdom of my instructor's decision to not cross midfield was clear: It would take much less time to land; it kept us out over paddocks should the situation get worse; It would not take us over houses as the left down wind would.)
Said voice pipes up again: This is the airfield manager, you must declare an emergency if you are using a right hand pattern. My Instructor told me to ignore him and make another call to CTAF asking for any traffic to report position. There was no traffic. We landed without incident.
Who was correct? The manager or us- and does anyone have a FAR/REF to support the conclusion. The old adage Aviate, Navigate, Communicate seems to apply here - but what might the manager be basing his claim on and why?