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Flying holds does not have to be rocket science and the holds do not have to be perfect ovals. In fact when applying proper wind correction the pattern will not be a perfect oval. There are two main parameters you need to meet to be safe and keep ATC happy when flying a holding pattern: Maintain your altitude: Sometimes an ATC controller will assign ...


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Holding procedures, like all procedures, are designed with safety margins to ensure terrain clearance and separation from other traffic/procedures. That does not mean that a pilot is free to deviate from the published procedure within those margins. For the vertical direction, the question is straight forward: how much can the aircraft deviate for its ...


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This is a total shot in the dark. And, I have no citations for this. I always assumed that the a left-hand traffic pattern and a right-hand hold for a missed approach put the aircraft on the same side of the extended runway centerline. Presumably, this would be a more “protected” side of the airspace. Since standard traffic patterns for fixed wing aircraft ...


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