It specifically states, "If remaining in the traffic pattern, commence turn to crosswind leg
beyond the departure end of the runway within 300 feet of pattern altitude."
To reduce crosswind leg
vibrations, compact spring-assisted pendulum Tuned Mass Dampers inside each leg boost leg damping from 0.15% to 0.5% of critical.
By now I was into the crosswind leg
, facing the opposite direction from which I'd taken off.
First, you suggest turning onto the traffic pattern's crosswind leg
at 500 feet agl.
Note the recommended altitudes as cited in the figure for turning from the upwind leg to the crosswind leg
is within 300 feet of traffic pattern altitude.
I was close enough to enter the pattern on the crosswind leg
. Tall pine trees and a power line preceded the threshold of Runway 36; there was no room for mistakes.
According to preliminary information, the airplane departed Runway 31 and was on a left crosswind leg
when it descended and impacted the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 1/2-mile west of the shore.