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04 January 2008


I first came across this situation at Le Touquet which is a very busy GA airfield where they often seem to operate downwind legs on both sides of the airfield.

Heading straight towards another aircraft on base leg was a bit disconcerting the first time it happened but no real problem if you can see each other and probably a good idea to carry on downwind for a bit if you can’t.

I totally agree with you that it is much better to extend downwind if you are in any doubt as to the whereabouts of the opposing aircraft.

However, in controlled airspace, always ask permission to extend downwind or to do a 360 degree hold, otherwise you could be in a lot of trouble.

They do not approve of any decisions taken without authority.

The motto here is never to be afraid of asking the controllers for help.

If you do, your problem is put back into their hands and they are pleased to help you.

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