circle-to-land maneuver

circle-to-land maneuver

A maneuver initiated by the pilot to align the aircraft with a runway for landing when a straight-in landing from an instrument approach is not possible or is not desirable. At tower-controlled airports, this maneuver is made only after ATC (air traffic control) authorization has been obtained and the pilot has established required visual reference to the airport.
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And if the landing approach includes a circle-to-land maneuver, we're setting ourselves up for one of winter flying's classic traps.
Landing straight in on Runway 27 avoids a circle-to-land maneuver with a lot of wind.
The FAA is proposing that each instrument approach procedure (IAP) that includes a circle-to-land maneuver be evaluated by asking the following questions:
Everyone trains for that circle-to-land maneuver from an instrument approach, but there's also an occasional need to fly circling departures.
We can't safely fly a circle-to-land maneuver with tolerances that loose, especially at night or in poor visibility.
Another example would read "Circling to Rwy 15 NA" if maneuvering from the straight-in final approach course for the procedure(s) being flown cannot safely end with a circle-to-land maneuver to Runway 15 (in this example).
If a transition to another runway is desired, a circle-to-land maneuver becomes the only option in the absence of published side-step minimums.
In a circle-to-land maneuver, you must maintain circling minimums until you are in a position to make a normal rate of descent to the touchdown point.
The circle-to-land maneuver is the proverbial "enough rope": Give it to a pilot who isn't careful and he'll hang himself on an unseen tower just when he thinks he's about to pull off another successful flight.
Practicing the circle-to-land maneuver during your recent IPC or other review with your double-I can and will help build confidence and competency for the prospect of needing to fly that maneuver for-real.
Another practical application of slow-flight proficiency is the circle-to-land maneuver, which ends many non-precision instrument approaches.