Definition of traffic pattern in English:

traffic pattern


North American
  • 1A pattern in the air above an airport of permitted lanes for aircraft to follow after take-off or prior to landing.

    • ‘It followed a minute-by-minute traffic pattern of a kind never attempted before.’
    • ‘Significant effort goes into maintaining the simulator, mainly to keep the experience realistic and up to date, with new techniques and traffic patterns.’
    • ‘Check weather conditions as soon as entering the local traffic pattern and get updates on a regular basis for your primary and alternate landing base if the weather begins to deteriorate.’
    • ‘In this situation, we managed to lose track of an aircraft in the overhead traffic pattern and had a midair resulting in the loss of a very valuable asset.’
    • ‘Most first solos are no more than a couple or three circles around the airport traffic pattern, but it's a big moment in a student pilot's training.’
    • ‘We were circling to the right in a steep bank at a very low altitude preparing to enter the traffic pattern.’
    • ‘And finally, the box is designed to avoid the traffic pattern so that you may take off and land at any time, regardless of whether or not the box is active.’
    • ‘Become more aware of your surroundings; an airport traffic pattern can get extremely busy.’
    • ‘Cuda 1 followed our lead for recovery to the overhead traffic pattern.’
    • ‘I had it happen once in the traffic pattern approaching a landing and had to open the canopy in order to see.’
    • ‘He said that ‘she was a little behind the airplane in the traffic pattern.’’
    • ‘Make perfect 45-degree entries in the pattern, turn squarely to fly the traffic pattern and practice holding exact airspeeds in every phase of a stabilized approach.’
    • ‘I was up so high - I could see the twelve planes lined up on the horizon for the traffic pattern.’
    • ‘The traffic pattern can't easily be modified, but occasionally, through scheduling, use volume can be adjusted.’
    1. 1.1 The characteristic distribution of traffic on a route:
      ‘the filming had screwed up the traffic patterns in town’