Ed Cesnalis Posted February 16, 2013 Report Share Posted February 16, 2013 ...I'm not here to start an argument on which to use, although I prefer the rounded ... My personal preference is to keep my patterns tight and square. My main motivation is being compatible with much faster aircraft at uncontrolled fields. I've never tried a round pattern in the CT because I quickly learned that even slight bank angles kill visibility so I bank more steeply and roll out level sooner so that I can see again. If I flew a bigger round pattern so I could see the runway I would be less able to see faster traffic cutting me off doing strait ins or entering on the base leg or whatever. Lately there always seems to be a Q400 joining me in the pattern, first I call downwind for the active at 800' AGL and then the Q400 calls downwind for the active but at 5,000' AGL. I can never tell who is first when that happens. When we fly the Europa the big rounder pattern makes sense, with the mono-gear a stabilized approach means a lot, in the CT not so much. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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