# How do holding patterns work?

How does a pilot follow a holding pattern? Do pilots have to manually change heading and altitude (through the autopilot) each time they are making a turn? Or is it something the Flight Management Computer (FMC) can handle?

• You might need to improve your question. You added air-traffic-control tag in your question but the question body has nothing to do with ATC. Also "How do holding patterns work?" is a very broad title that will call for a variety of answers. – Stelios Adamantidis Oct 24 '17 at 8:02