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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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 mile from the runway. 

4. 

Continue straight ahead until beyond departure end of 

runway. 

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. 

5. 

If remaining in the traffic pattern, commence turn to 

Airport Operations 

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