holding pattern

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holding pattern

[′hōld·iŋ ‚pad·ərn]
A course over which an aircraft is instructed to fly repeatedly while waiting for clearance to land.
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holding procedure

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Typical procedure on an ILS outer marker.
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Typical procedure at intersection of VOR radials.
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Typical procedure at DME Fix.
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Standard pattern.
A predetermined maneuver which keeps the aircraft within a specified airspace while awaiting further clearances (ICAO). It is generally a racetrack-type pattern in which all turns may be left or right hand. This is indicated in standard arrival route charts. Holding patterns normally are based around a fix or a navigational aid. Also called a holding pattern.


Typical radiation pattern of a radar.
i. A flight pattern that an aircraft must follow when approaching for landing and when leaving the airport after takeoff.
ii. Radiation of the transmitting aerial as plotted on a diagram of the field strength for each bearing.
iii. A shape traced out on the ground by the track of the aircraft while following certain procedures, such as making the circuit, making procedure turns, while holding, and while carrying out demonstrations. See circuit and holding pattern.
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So, for example, if the charted holding pattern is depicted with seven-nautical-mile legs as in the chart, you must not exceed that leg length or you risk leaving the protected airspace.
Other findings, consistent with the holding pattern, are as follows:
It is now May 2005 and the FTAA agreement has not only not been delivered to Congress, Brazil and the U.S., co-chairs of the final ETAA negotiations, appear to be in a holding pattern. And opposition to the pact in Congress and among the American people continues to swell.
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They refused but said they will put the Soyuz in a holding pattern if the shuttle was still at the space station on Monday.
Wouldn't the safer bet be that time spent watching TV is pretty much an intellectual holding pattern?
Still operating on the adrenaline of the morning's program, she became particularly anxious when the pilot announced their landing would be delayed and the plane would remain in a holding pattern for an indefinite amount of time.