Airspace Management Modules

Airspace Management Modules

Module 9: Traffic Patterns - How do pilots know where to land?

Learning Objectives

  1. Students will be able to identify the different legs of a traffic pattern
  2. Students will be able to determine which runway a pilot would select for landing by calculating the crosswind angle and predicting its effect on the airplane

Practical Uses
Air Traffic Controllers use traffic patterns to safely guide pilots to take off and land at airports. From this activity, students will learn how an airport traffic pattern works by tracing its path. Students will use a protractor and compass to determine wind direction and runway locations.

Student Worksheet
Teacher Module

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