I've asked this in one other place a while back but got no knowledgeable answers. It seems like nobody is interested in pattern flying anymore, or they are all too advanced to care about my noob questions. I have a few questions which should be easy to answer. If anyone can help, I will really appreciate it.
I am trying to learn the Beginner (Sportsman) pattern shown here:
I know what all the moves are and how to perform them and how they are judged, but I'm not sure about a few things.
1. If there is a crosswind relative to the runway, which direction will the pattern run? Is there any case where it's my choice to go left or right? I am practicing both directions, but I like to know what to expect.
It is your choice on which way to take off. The flight direction must be the same as the take off direction.
2. On the maneuver number 3, the Stall Turn, is that performed right after take-off or can I go around once? Is it like this video, or can I make a trimming pass first?
The Utube link is wrong
On take off you must do a 180 turn then a down wind trim pass then another 180 turn, the length of the take off and 180 degree turns is your option. After the second turn which brings you up wind you enter the box. At this point the straight out flight begins and at the end of the box the stall turn is done then the straight flight back.
3. After the double Immelman at the end, do I land immediately, or do I go around once to set up for landing. The Double Immelman exit is upwind, but it should be ending over the center, right? To me, that means I should go around once and then land?
Again you get to fly out of the box, do a 180 then a downwind pass then another 180 to landing.
I joined this forum specifically to ask this question, so I hope someone will be able to help me with it. I have been looking for a video of this sequence, but I can't find one... if I could see it done, I would probably have the answer to my questions...