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CIRCUITS

AIM:

  • to takeoff and follow published procedures that conform to the aerodrome traffic circuit;
  • avoid conflict with other aircraft; and
  • to carry out an approach and landing using the most suitable runway.

 

CONSIDERATIONS:

Review:

Taxi

Take-off

Landing

 

AIRCRAFT MANAGEMENT:      

Right of way rules (ROW)                                 

  • aircraft landing have ROW over aircraft taking off.                                                                 
  • aircraft in the circuit has ROW over aircraft joining                                               
  • follow at a safe distance, do not overtake or cut in front of other aircraft                          

All turns in the circuit direction  

Controlled Aerodrome                        

  • perform a left-hand aerodrome traffic circuit unless otherwise authorised or instructed by ATC

Uncontrolled Aerodrome 

  • perform a left-hand aerodrome traffic circuit unless the details published in the AIPNZ for the aerodrome specify a right-hand aerodrome traffic circuit
  • Right hand circuit indicated by a black arrow

 

Circuit Height 

Controlled Aerodromes

  • the circuit height to be used when ATC is on watch is inserted on the aerodrome chart.

Uncontrolled Aerodromes

  • 1000 feet AGL unless otherwise prescribed.

 

HUMAN FACTORS:

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