Which atmospheric factors that can affect the performance of an aircraft while flying a circuit? Apart from the general wind shift.

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to aviation.SE! I'm not sure what you're asking: the factors that affect an aircraft's performance apply in all stages of flight and there's nothing special about being in the circuit. You might want to browse our questions on aircraft performance and perhaps narrow down your question to be more specific. The tour may be useful as well, if you aren't familiar with how this site works. $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Commented Mar 21, 2018 at 20:56

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In short, all of them. Environmental factors that affect aircraft performance do so whenever that aircraft is flying, regardless of whether you're flying a circuit, a straight line, or anything in between. The most important environmental factors include:

  • wind speed
  • wind direction
  • air temperature
  • air density
  • air pressure
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    $\begingroup$ Plus visibility, ceiling, precipitation? $\endgroup$ Commented May 21, 2018 at 16:33

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