The flight path maintained by an aircraft awaiting permission to land.
- He planned to stack up all the heavies in a holding pattern to await further approach clearance when visibility increased.
- Outgoing flights were cancelled and incoming flights put on a holding pattern.
- We had to go into a holding pattern and await a fighter escort.
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