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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It followed a minute-by-minute traffic pattern of a kind never attempted before.’
    • ‘The traffic pattern can't easily be modified, but occasionally, through scheduling, use volume can be adjusted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said that ‘she was a little behind the airplane in the traffic pattern.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had it happen once in the traffic pattern approaching a landing and had to open the canopy in order to see.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We were circling to the right in a steep bank at a very low altitude preparing to enter the traffic pattern.’
    • ‘Significant effort goes into maintaining the simulator, mainly to keep the experience realistic and up to date, with new techniques and traffic patterns.’
    • ‘I was up so high - I could see the twelve planes lined up on the horizon for the traffic pattern.’
    1. 1.1 The characteristic distribution of traffic on a route.
      ‘the filming had screwed up the traffic patterns in town’
      • ‘There have been stories before about using mobile phone data to analyze automobile traffic patterns, but this is the first time I've heard of it actually being used in practice successfully.’
      • ‘Parking and traffic patterns have been restricted in the areas surrounding these and other potential target sites, and the Holland Tunnel has been closed to incoming commercial vehicles.’
      • ‘He recommended abandonment of the two routes after new surveys showed traffic patterns had changed and 90 per cent of congestion was caused by local movements.’
      • ‘He knows when traffic lights are out of order, and knows the traffic patterns in each part of the city.’
      • ‘He rear-ended a pregnant woman at an intersection where the traffic pattern had changed not less than 3 hours ago.’
      • ‘In fact, until the experiment is over, things might be worse for pedestrians, with temporary barriers all over the place and angry motorists trying to get their heads round new traffic patterns.’
      • ‘Since I've had 6 weeks to acclimate to the traffic patterns, driving on the left was a breeze.’
      • ‘The premise is easy: drive into a heavy traffic pattern and cause a major smash-up.’
      • ‘Now go and throw a bunch of these SUV's into the mix, and all those beautiful traffic patterns are destroyed.’
      • ‘Chaos ruled on Pattaya Second Road again last Friday as motorists were thrown into confusion by the changeover when the traffic pattern was changed to flow one-way.’