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AIM

10/12/17

4−3−5

Airport Operations

FIG 4−3−3

Traffic Pattern Operations

Parallel Runways

EXAMPLE−

Key to traffic pattern operations

1. Enter pattern in level flight, abeam the midpoint of the

runway, at pattern altitude. 

2. Maintain pattern altitude until abeam approach end of

the landing runway on downwind leg.

3. Complete turn to final at least 

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4

 mile from the runway.

4. Continue straight ahead until beyond departure end of

runway.

5. If remaining in the traffic pattern, commence turn to

crosswind leg beyond the departure end of the runway

within 300 feet of pattern altitude.

6. If departing the traffic pattern, continue straight out, or

exit with a 45 degree turn (to the left when in a left−hand

traffic pattern; to the right when in a right−hand traffic

pattern) beyond the departure end of the runway, after

reaching pattern altitude.

7. Do not overshoot final or continue on a track which will

penetrate the final approach of the parallel runway.

8. Do not continue on a track which will penetrate the

departure path of the parallel runway.

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