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traffic pattern

Line breaks: traf|fic pat|tern

Definition of traffic pattern in English:

noun

chiefly North American
A pattern in the air above an airport of permitted lanes for aircraft to follow after take-off or prior to landing.
Example sentences
  • Become more aware of your surroundings; an airport traffic pattern can get extremely busy.
  • Most first solos are no more than a couple or three circles around the airport traffic pattern, but it's a big moment in a student pilot's training.
  • I had it happen once in the traffic pattern approaching a landing and had to open the canopy in order to see.

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