Bruce Gorrell [EQY]
(Top Gun)
11/20/16 09:24 PM
Re: Circular Approach v Traditional Pattern

On the circular approach, the pilot is continually evaluating the progress of his turn and correcting the bank angle as necessary. That gives him the advantage of being able to more easily keep a correct airspeed for the approach.

If that aircraft on final is so close that he's a danger for the 15 seconds that the aircraft is not pointed toward the final, then either type of approach is going to end up in a midair.

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