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VACATING THE CIRCUIT
To vacate the circuit at either an uncontrolled or controlled aerodrome, in accordance with the various applicable procedures.
1. Layout of the Aerodrome Traffic Circuit
2. Vacating the Circuit
- From any of the circuit legs or overhead
- or maintain runway centreline to 1500 ft AGL
- Can be done from any leg.
- Always need ATC approval.
- A clearance to turn in the opposite direction to the published circuit may be given by ATC, or requested by the pilot.
- If a non-standard clearance is required, keep a good lookout and request it before takeoff.
The pilot of an aircraft must make all turns in the direction of the traffic circuit, unless:
- otherwise instructed by ATC in controlled airspace; or
- the aircraft is laterally clear of the circuit area or is not less than 1500 ft above the aerodrome level.
4. Radio Calls
- Plan ahead
- Aircraft in the circuit have Right of Way
- Blind spots
- Closure rates
- Mental models