Position in Traffic

Position in Traffic

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Position

Name

Meaning

Audio

1

UPWIND / INITIAL CLIMB

The period of climb immediately after take-off

2

CROSSWIND

The part of the airfield traffic circuit flown at approximately 90° to the direction of take off and climb out, followed by the downwind leg.

3

DOWNWIND

The part of the airfield traffic circuit which runs parallel to, but in the opposite direction to, the approach to land which is made into the wind.

4

MIDDLE OF DOWNWIND

5

END OF DOWNWIND

6

BASE / BASE LEG

The part of the airfield traffic circuit flown at approximately 90° to the direction of landing, followed by the final approach.

7

FINAL

The last stage of an aircraft’s descent before landing.

8

SHORT FINAL

A

BEGINNING OF DOWNIND

B

END OF EXTENDED DOWNIND

C

LONG FINAL