Abbotsford (YXX) is located about 34 nautical miles east/southeast of Vancouver (YVR). A few times when I have flown WestJet out of YXX to an eastern Canadian city, we have taken off in an easterly direction, and then the plane banks hard to the right and does a 360 degree circle while gaining altitude. You actually end up flying over YXX, or seeing it outside the window from a considerable altitude.
Why does this type of flight maneuver occur? Someone told me once that it was to get YXX traffic coordinated with traffic coming from YVR.
Can anyone confirm this? Do the mountains to the east of YXX have any significance?
Are there any other airports out there where a similar situation occurs?
[Edited 2004-07-26 01:58:12]