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hotrod180

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Re: When do YOU descend from pattern altitude?
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2017, 09:38:52 AM »
Kinda depends on how you fly.
I fly a tight pattern, so starting my descent no later than downwind abeam works well.
Some of the 737-sized patterns I see others flying,
starting descent when turning (two mile) final would be more appropriate

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Re: When do YOU descend from pattern altitude?
« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2017, 02:57:22 PM »
I agree with what some have already said, it depends.  Most of the time, abeam the numbers, round base about 800AGL etc.
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Re: When do YOU descend from pattern altitude?
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2017, 05:56:13 PM »
Personally, I start my descent when I start my base turn.  I start my turn based on TLAR.  On downwind I'm usually at 105 KIAS, put the gear down abeam the numbers, once the gear is down I select full flaps, look over my shoulder and if it looks about right I start the turn and descent.

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Re: When do YOU descend from pattern altitude?
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2017, 06:13:56 PM »
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Re: When do YOU descend from pattern altitude?
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2017, 08:56:10 PM »
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Re: When do YOU descend from pattern altitude?
« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2017, 09:17:30 AM »
Turn Left Above Ralph's?

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Re: When do YOU descend from pattern altitude?
« Reply #21 on: February 24, 2017, 07:50:51 AM »
Wombat got it right.

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Re: When do YOU descend from pattern altitude?
« Reply #22 on: February 26, 2017, 06:56:55 PM »
Straight in, with  a C-150 at 1000 AGL, when the PAPI  starts to twinkle chop the power,  slow to 80, dump all the flaps, and descend.  it will hit the numbers.
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Re: When do YOU descend from pattern altitude?
« Reply #23 on: March 17, 2017, 05:53:49 AM »
Stinson: Standard pattern, abeam pull power, slow to 65, start dropping flaps. Pretty much the standard rectangular pattern.

Skybolt: Abeam pull power slowing to 85, full right rudder, left 60° bank and take the express elevator to the numbers! As Will said, bipes come down fast...
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Re: When do YOU descend from pattern altitude?
« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2017, 04:31:04 PM »
Hey Doug, post your vid of your recent landing.

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