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New Holding Pattern At FLL  
User currently offlineMark777300 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 388 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1799 times:

I didn't want to include this in the trip report category because I thought that I might get answers from someone out there who might fly into FLL regularly. On Monday 4/11, I flew on flight #3 on B6 from JFK to FLL. About 30 minutes NE of FLL, the aircraft began it's descent which was normal. But it was during the descent that the aircraft made a series of right and left turns. I counted a total of four left turns and four right turns. The right turns pointed the aircraft to the west while the left turns pointed the aircraft due south. These turns were then followed by the typical right turn to the west to bring the aircraft over the city to the eastern portions of the Everglades before turning around to head east into R9L in FLL. Typically, flights simply turn once to head west when coming into FLL, MIA or PBI, but I have never been on an aircraft that made that many turns before landing, which brings me to this.... was this a holding pattern? I have been in holding patterns before at FLL and MIA and most of them have always occurred over the Everglades, and never over the Atlantic. There was no bad weather at FLL, but traffic might have been a bit heavy. Needless to say, the flight arrived 5 minutes early. Anyone know if this is a common flight pattern into FLL?

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User currently offlineAdmluvs2fly From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1786 times:

Considering how much capacity is going on at FLL, the pilot was probably doing a maneuver for spacing. I've done this before.

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1740 times:

Quoting Mark777300 (Thread starter):
was this a holding pattern?

Holding patterns are customarily racetrack shaped. Sounds like you just got vectored all over creation...  Wink


User currently offlineMark777300 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1736 times:

I figured it was done purposely to provide spacing, but it sure was quite a few turns, all of it done out on the ocean, close enough to the Bahamas that one of the islands were clearly visible from the port side. I suppose that a 4PM arrival at FLL is a busy time.

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