FlyingMonkey Posted August 5, 2013 Report Share Posted August 5, 2013 Hey all... I fly from a non-towered airport here in Georgia, WDR. I was always taught to enter the pattern and fly it, either by a 45 into a midfield downwind or overflying the airport from the other side and doing a "teardrop" descending turn to get to the same 45. What I see is a lot of traffic flying "straight in approaches to landing, some from 7-10 miles out. Some are obviously practicing instrument approaches, but many seem to be VFR traffic just flying the easiest route into their chosen runway. The question is...is a straight in approach to landing considered an acceptable approach to landing for VFR traffic, assuming no conflicts with traffic in the pattern) or are these pilots just bending the rules for convenience sake? I guess the real question is if they are making traffic calls along the way, but there is a conflict problem with other traffic (midair, near-midair, what have you) is the FAA going to ding them for it or just shrue and say "failure to see and avoid by all pilots involved"? It's kind of annoying to be on downwind, having made calls all the way around the pattern, and then hear a big twin call "three mile straight in for runway 31", knowing that at the speed he's going and as tight a pattern as the CT flies, one of us WILL have to change what we are doing. I know, welcome to untowered airspace and all, but still... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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