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 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 ...
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Why is a right pattern the standard for a hold?

Why are right turns the standard hold turning direction? Why not left? Is there a reason or is it arbitrary?
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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 should one fly the entry procedure to an approach when the hold is not aligned with the outbound course?

Consider the following NDB DME approach into runway 08 at Jersey (EGJJ): Let's assume we are coming in from the North and are currently cleared direct to the JW NDB flying inbound on a 180° track. ...
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How frequent are unpublished holding patterns outside general aviation?

Flight regulations say that ATC may put an aircraft in a holding pattern, which is not published in the charts but I couldn't find any such case in FlightAware. I have been searching on the Internet ...
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How do I determine holding pattern entry and direction in this example?

I need help with this question for the IFR written test: "A pilot receives this ATC clearance: '...CLEARED TO THE XYZ VORTAC. HOLD NORTH ON THE THREE SIX ZERO RADIAL, LEFT TURNS...' What is the ...