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    Great article, Max!

    Going just a small step further, the reason behind crossing at least 1000 above the piston aircraft's TPA is that the TPA for Jets and Turboprops is 1500 AGL. I'm disappointed the ASF article shows +500 as an acceptable altitude to cross the airport, especially since their home airport is non-towered, and sees a decent amount of jet traffic as well as high density pilot training.

    Most GA pilots can spit back the rote answer of 1500 AGL when asked about the Jet/Turboprop TPA, however very few take that knowledge further and think about the consequences of that when operating at a non-towered airport.

    This is a great example of how knowledge of the operations of other types and categories of aircraft, even if you're not rated for them, can make you a safer pilot.

    Juan A. del Azar

    Thank Max. I dont know if you ever heard, but the Brits use a great system for untowered airports called the standard overhead join. I think is the safest and I use it at my local airfield which is very busy and has all types of GA planes. You come 1000 ft over TPA circling in the direction of the pattern. Once you know exactly where to land, you descend on the "dead" side, which is the one not used for the pattern and join cross wind. It took me sometime to get used to, but it is very safe and accommodates planes with or without radios and of all different speeds, from Tiger Moths to Barons.


    A couple of flights ago, my instructor reminded me of 91.113 which states that when aircraft are converging at the same level but not head on, the aircraft on the right has the right-of way. This means that the aircraft entering downwind on the 45 has right of way over the aircraft already established on downwind.

    This doesn't cover the scenario you wrote about, but I think it is relevant to the article in general.

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