Cleared to land & pattern entry

Cleared to land & pattern entry

Postby yycflyer » Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:32 pm

Kudos to the controller this afternoon who was handling (what I consider to be) a fair bit of traffic all over the place. Well done.

I got cleared to land at Bakersfield when I was about 8 miles South. I flew my 45 entry into the 30R, Right downwind pattern. Then I thought that since I was cleared to land, i didn't need to fly the pattern. Could I have flown straight in, once I was cleared to land?
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Re: Cleared to land & pattern entry

Postby Andrew Miller » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:01 pm

Unless the controller provides additional instructions, cleared to land means you you can enter the pattern any way you'd like (or not enter the pattern at all, which is usual).
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Re: Cleared to land & pattern entry

Postby Keith Smith » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:04 pm

normally a controller would provide a pattern entry instruction (ie, make straight in, enter left base, enter right downwind, etc), but in lieu of that, I would've made a straight in if arriving from the south for 30L/R.
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Re: Cleared to land & pattern entry

Postby rtataryn » Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:02 pm

The 45 degree entry is a non-towered thing. I've never seen a tower expect a 45. They'll call the entry, or else go ahead and aim for the numbers.
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