Most of you probably know what´s it like being cut off by some jack**s in your car while driving, but while flying an airplane?
I was returning to my home airport in a C-172 today, and there were a lot of small planes flying the pattern, most of them flown by student pilots. I was #3 for landing, #1 was touching down, #2 was on short final and I was turning base.
Then the tower asked me to enter slow flight before entering a long final so he could get a Piper Cherokee to takeoff after #2 had touched down.
He also told the guy behind me where I was, and to CONTINUE downwind and he would soon get a number for landing. His readback was OK.
I was at 1000 feet, saw #2 land and figured the Piper had plenty of time to get airborne when I commenced my approach. Then I realized that the guy who was supposed to be flying downwind was actually about 300 feet lower than me, 0.5 NM AHEAD and flying final approach!!
There was a lot of traffic in the pattern and approaching to land, including a Atr-42, but this guy paid no attention to what he was doing. (I remind you, his readback was correct) He even got landing clearance, so I had again to enter slow flight to give him space, but soon as he was out of the way I had to "step on it" because there was traffic behind me.
I´m very serious about my flying, so I would have known if I was supposed to follow him.
Nobody is perfect, but something like this could be dangerous....