Gliders on 25, Airplanes on 14


Airplane Pattern in Green, Glider Pattern in Red

NOTE: Image is not to scale.

This case is relatively benign for pattern entry, with the main opportunity for conflict between airplanes departing from 14 and gliders landing on 25.

There are two good defenses here. If the glider pilot sees an aircraft preparing to depart while he or she is on downwind, a radio call announcing your position and plans (and request them to hold if needed) is a good idea.  Or you can turn base inside the 14/32 runway.

Another significant risk comes from a landing airplane that needs to go around.  Pay close attention to landing traffic.  Try to always have a (safe) backup ‘plan B’ in mind.

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