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Quiz: Can You Answer These 5 Holding Questions?

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Eventually, everyone gets stuck in a holding pattern.


  1. 1) Standard holding patterns use:

    A standard holding pattern uses right hand turns.  (AIM 5-3-8)

    A standard holding pattern uses right hand turns.  (AIM 5-3-8)

  2. 2) You've been assigned holding by ATC, and are flying faster than the maximum holding speed. When should you start your speed reduction?

    The AIM requires pilots to reduce speed when 3 minutes or less from the holding fix.  You should initially cross the holding fix at or below the maximum holding airspeed. (AIM 5-3-8)

    The AIM requires pilots to reduce speed when 3 minutes or less from the holding fix.  You should initially cross the holding fix at or below the maximum holding airspeed. (AIM 5-3-8)

  3. 3) ATC clears: "Saratoga Two Three Eight, hold Southwest of the Goodland VORTAC on the 230 radial, expect further clearance at 1515 zulu." Which of these is the correct pattern?

    Since ATC's clearance doesn't specify the direction of turns, the pattern uses standard right hand turns.  In this case, draw the pattern on the southwest side of the fix on the 230 radial.

    Since ATC's clearance doesn't specify the direction of turns, the pattern uses standard right hand turns.  In this case, draw the pattern on the southwest side of the fix on the 230 radial.

  4. 4) ATC clears: "Cirrus Two Five Papa, hold southeast of CONAL as published, expect further clearance at 2330 Zulu. Delay is for traffic congestion due to a line of storms moving south over Lamar." You're approaching the fix from the northwest on V366, flying a heading of 130. What entry should you do?
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    In this case, a parallel entry is recommended, but you could also choose to execute a teardrop.  The AIM recommended entries should be selected using your heading as you cross the holding fix, within 5 degrees.  Your heading of 130 favors a parallel entry, but a teardrop entry is within 5 degrees, as well.

    In this case, a parallel entry is recommended, but you could also choose to execute a teardrop.  The AIM recommended entries should be selected using your heading as you cross the holding fix, within 5 degrees.  Your heading of 130 favors a parallel entry, but a teardrop entry is within 5 degrees, as well.

  5. 5) You're holding at 6000' MSL. What's your maximum holding speed?

    When holding from the minimum holding altitude (MHA) up to and including 6,000' MSL, you're limited to 200 KIAS (AIM 5-3-8)

    When holding from the minimum holding altitude (MHA) up to and including 6,000' MSL, you're limited to 200 KIAS (AIM 5-3-8)

Expect further clearance...in awhile.

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Corey Komarec

Corey is an Embraer 175 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota, and he's been flying since he was 16. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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