Questions tagged [holding]

Holding is the practice of flying circles or circuits in order wait for an ATC clearance to proceed further.

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How to properly enter a holding pattern?

Once ATC have assigned me a holding pattern, how do I determine where to intercept it? And once that I have determined the intercept point, how do I proceed? I have heard about the teardrop and the ...
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How do airplanes get stacked in a holding pattern?

This question prompted me to wonder how it works at a major airport. Let's say four airliners all are scheduled to arrive within a few minutes of each other to a major airport, perhaps from the four ...
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How to correct for crosswind in VOR holding pattern without wind information?

I've heard many articles about crosswind correction in VOR holding pattern. They mainly tell the outbound leg=correction times three things for slow speed aircraft. I notice all of them require wind ...
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Do helicopters fly holding patterns under IFR?

If a helicopter is flying an IFR flight plan, and the airspace around the destination is busy, will controllers tell them to fly holding patterns just like planes do? Or will they hover at the holding ...