traffic pattern


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traffic pattern

n
(Aeronautics) a pattern of permitted lanes in the air around an airport to which an aircraft is restricted

traffic pattern

The traffic flow that is prescribed for aircraft landing at, taxiing on, and taking off from an airport. The usual components of a traffic pattern are upwind leg, crosswind leg, downwind leg, base leg, and final approach.
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Noun1.traffic pattern - the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airporttraffic pattern - the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport; "the traffic patterns around O'Hare are very crowded"; "they stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted"
approach path, glide path, glide slope, approach - the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
itinerary, route, path - an established line of travel or access
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A new traffic pattern is in effect for motorists traveling westbound on the Grand Central Parkway (GCP) to LaGuardia Airport.
There is a common misconception among instrument-rated pilots that traffic pattern rules don't apply to IFR flight.
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GARDNER - Begun last month after years of on-and-off discussion, the new downtown traffic pattern will be tested for at least another two months.
The Los Angeles County Public Works Department is looking at the counterplan by Sleepy Valley residents to change a traffic pattern rather than destroy the meandering orchard that blocks visibility for some motorists.
When the task is to improve the design of the facility, the look, the atmosphere, the image, the traffic pattern, the on-premises merchandising, the shelving, signage, counters, washrooms, menu board, promotions, etc.
To a seasoned observer, it can be hard to determine if a well-defined traffic pattern even exists at some airports.
WORCESTER - Residents of the North Parkway-Davidson Road area last night renewed complaints about a planned traffic pattern that they fear will inundate their neighborhood with traffic.
The airplane experienced a loss of engine power while maneuvering in the traffic pattern at about 1515 Eastern time.
Century 21 asked HDI to develop a logical layout and traffic pattern.
The Gulfstream entered the traffic pattern directly from the base leg.

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