Many years ago during a flight to Atlanta Georgia, the pilot made an announcement over the PA system that due to heavy airport traffic, the flight would be in a holding pattern for 30 minutes. I remember looking out the window seeing planes crisscross the skies below waiting for their turn to land.
Holding patterns are defined as circular patterns flown by aircraft awaiting clearance to land at a busy airport. The duration of each holding pattern is depended upon the volume of air traffic coming into or leaving the airport. Failure to a hare to holding patterns could spell disaster for similar flights if the pilot does not follow orderly air traffic protocol. Other definitions describe a holding pattern as a state of inaction with no progress and no change. It’s safe to say waiting is the main ingredient here.
At the time I didn’t thing much of it. However, as the…
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