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Recent changes to pattern entry at non-towered airports

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If you are working on perfecting your pattern entry to non-towered or towers manned part-time, here is the official FAA link to the Advisory Circular detailing the changes,  https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_90-66B.pdf

...and here is a much clearer version.  https://www.boldmethod.com/learn-to-fly/maneuvers/changes-to-non-towered-pattern-procedures/

In flight ops, I've routinely used the "newly" preferred entry to stay clear of existing traffic in the pattern since you cross above the traffic pattern altitude (TPA) and do a circling descent into the downwind at 45 degrees.  This minimizes the possibility of a mid-air when the pattern is full of fledglings 😉

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