CAT 4 - Right Pattern RWY 30?

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CAT 4 - Right Pattern RWY 30?

Postby toby23 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:31 am

While flying the CAT-4 from KSBP to KSMX, I was cleared to land and enter the Right Downwind Pattern for Runway 30 at KSMX.
According to the VFR sectional below, KSMX shows RP for runways 2 and 12 only.

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Can anyone explain why I was cleared for Right Downwind Pattern? (I was expecting a Left Downwind Pattern).
Can the Tower change the pattern entry? What would be a reason for doing that?

Thanks,
Toby
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Re: CAT 4 - Right Pattern RWY 30?

Postby Keith Smith » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:23 am

The published pattern direction only applies if the tower is closed. Otherwise, when the tower is present, they can assign any pattern direction they like. It's often based on the direction from which you're arriving, or based on other traffic in the pattern at the time.
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Re: CAT 4 - Right Pattern RWY 30?

Postby toby23 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:54 am

Thanks Keith.
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