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Traffic Pattern Operations. Matt Winit Fern Prairie Modelers AMA #1921 [email protected] Things to remember…. Always announce your intentions when operating on the flight line. For example: “Taxiing out” “Taking off left” “Landing right”. Terms & Principles.

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Traffic Pattern Operations

Matt Winit

Fern Prairie Modelers

AMA #1921

[email protected]

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Things to remember…

  • Always announce your intentions when operating on the flight line. For example:

    • “Taxiing out”

    • “Taking off left”

    • “Landing right”

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Terms & Principles

  • The following terms and principles will be used by your instructor during your flight training. Learning them now will allow you to communicate more efficiently while training.

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Wind Considerations

With the depicted wind, which way will we be taking off and landing?



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Wind Considerations

Takeoffs and Landings should always occur into the wind. This allows for better performance and increased aircraft controllability.



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Leg Names






These leg names will be used to help communicate your location during flight training. This pattern is called left traffic, as all turns are made to the left. If the wind direction was reversed, we would flying a right traffic pattern.

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What if the winds are calm?






When the winds are calm at the Fern Prairie Field, the preferred traffic pattern is LEFT TRAFFIC. This is specific to the Fern Prairie Field.

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Sharing Airspace

  • Especially while training, airspace conflicts will decrease if everyone maintains constant varied altitudes.

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Areas to Avoid

  • Avoid flying over the wildlife refuge to the north of the flying site and the buildings to the south. Additionally, do not fly west of the runway, over the flight line, pit and parking area.

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Areas to Avoid






No Fly Zone

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Emergencies/Abnormal Operations

  • In the event of an engine failure, announce “dead stick” to the rest of the flight line.

  • All pilots shall yield to the pilot who has declared the emergency.

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Emergencies/Abnormal Operations

  • In the event it becomes necessary to enter the active runway while others are flying, announce “on the runway” to the other pilots. Wait for them to acknowledge they will not land before entering the critical area.

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  • Always be cognizant of your surroundings while at the field.

  • Safety ALWAYS comes first.

  • Always place your AMA card over your frequency on the frequency board before turning on your transmitter. Failure to do so could result in the crash of another modelers airplane, of which you become financially responsible.