LimaFoxTango wrote:In flight school, I was taught "short final" is called at 4nm from the runway, while "long final" is called 8nm from the runway.
GalaxyFlyer wrote:LimaFoxTango wrote:In flight school, I was taught "short final" is called at 4nm from the runway, while "long final" is called 8nm from the runway.
Holy smokes, those are B-52 patterns and that’s a complement. Normal stabilized final is at 3-4 miles (IMC), 2 miles (VMC). I’d say anything inside 1-2 miles
atcdan wrote:As an ATC I consider short final to be within 1 mile of the runway generally, when I’m issuing traffic.
="Woodreau"4 miles is right on the edge of towers airspace and definitely not in any sort of traffic pattern. 8 miles you’re not anywhere near the airport.
convair880mfan wrote:There is a lot of conflicting information out there on the internet. Is there some kind of "official" definition? A commercial pilot told me that the airlines prefer long straight-in approaches. Is a short final sort of the antithesis of this?
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