CFI Tips: Entering the Traffic Pattern


Traffic pattern entries, especially at non-towered airports, can be confusing and even chaotic without a proper plan. Sporty’s CFI, Charlie Dietz, discusses strategies to help execute a safe and appropriate traffic pattern entry.


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It was his first airplane trip at age seven that made Eric decide to become a pilot. "While boarding the airplane, a flight attendant noticed my interest in the flight deck and urged me to go talk to the pilot. I give a lot of credit to that pilot for my career choice." He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and went on to an airline career. Eric now heads Sporty’s flight school and directs the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot Training Program. In addition, Eric serves as a Captain in Sporty’s corporate flight department.