1. In perfectly calm wind conditions, the downwind heading
(reciprocal of runway heading) will maintain the proper spacing.
This is not true when crosswind conditions exist. If there is a
crosswind, angle or crab the aircraft sufficiently into the wind to
prevent drifting into or away from the runway. It is not uncommon
to alter the downwind heading as much as 10º to maintain the
proper 3/4 WTD spacing parallel the runway.
2. Remaining in the pattern, these procedures now revert back to
step one with the Before Landing Checklist.
DEPARTING THE OLF PATTERN
The procedures for departing the OLF pattern begin upon raising the flaps and continuing the
120 KIAS, straight-ahead climb at 60 70 percent torque.
When above 400 feet AGL and "#1 upwind," transmit departing radio call.
1. To depart, you must be "#1 upwind." You are "#1 upwind"
when: 1) the aircraft ahead of you has begun the crosswind turn
(no abeam requirement), or 2) the aircraft ahead of you on the
upwind leg has departed the pattern. Note the differences from "#1
upwind, with interval," which is required to turn crosswind.
2. In the absence of any traffic conflicts, leaving the power at
maximum after the last touch and go, immediately cleaning the
aircraft, and accelerating in accordance with the normal takeoff
procedure is acceptable and recommended. Maintaining 120 KIAS
in the climb is required specifically to maintain proper spacing on
the aircraft ahead of you until you are "#1 upwind."
Raise the landing gear handle. Report over the ICS, "Gear up, flaps up at knots.
Re-verify aircraft clean and check power at maximum. Begin accelerating to and climb out
at 180 KIAS. Trim
When clear of the pattern, switch to area common frequency and check squawk as required.
Continue with flight training profile or return to base via course rules.
TOWER-CONTROLLED FIELD OPERATIONS
A tower-controlled field is any airport having an operational control tower. Many of the
procedures are quite similar to those of an OLF, but important differences exist. The following
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