tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12710 posts, RR: 78
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4666 times:
Quoting KENWINK (Thread starter): IS THE PILOT'S CHOICE OF A CIRCLING MANEUVER AT UNCONTROLLED AIRPORTS RESTRICTED TO LEFT HAND TURNS ONLY--------I DON'T THINK SO!!! COMMENTS PLEASE!!!
I don't think it's restricted in the sense of "you're violating the FARs if you do right turns." However, unless the airport has a right pattern or existing circling approach, it's probably bad practice.
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22785 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4500 times:
Unless there's some reason not to, I always circle in the shortest direction, whether that be right or left (with preference to circling with left traffic in the event of landing on the runway 180 degrees from my approach). That's assuming, of course, that the weather is low enough to make a normal traffic pattern entry impossible - if I can fly a normal pattern, I will. But then I'll probably be getting a visual approach anyway unless there's terrain about that makes the MVA too high.
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KENWINK From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4072 times:
KENWINK REPLYING TO RESPONSES!!!
PERSONALLY, I AGREE WITH MIR-------IF THE VISIBILITY IS BAD (EXCLUDING TERRAIN CONSIDERATIONS)-----I AM MOST LIKELY GOING TO MAKE THE SHORTEST TURN WHICH AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN MY OPINION, LESSENS THE POSSIBILITY OF DISORIENTATION OR LOSS OF SIGHT OF THE AIRPORT------THE ORIGINAL QUESTION HOWEVER, WAS AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN REGARD TO THE FARS PART 61 REQUIRING ALL TURNS BE MADE TO THE LEFT UNLESS OTHERWISE DEPICTED. AGAIN, I CERTAINLY DON'T THINK THIS APPLIES TO CIRCLING MANEUVERS AT MDA AT UNCONTROLLEED AIRPORTS. DOES ANYONE HAVE THE "BOTTOM LINE"??????