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Holding Pattern

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Hello sir,

i have a question regarding timings in holding pattern, want to know that why is it so that  Below 14k AMSL in Hold, we fly inbound and outbound legs for 1 minute respectively and above 14k AMSL timings changes to 1.5 minutes.

Waiting for your kind answer

Regards,

Muhammad Arif

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  1. Mark Kolber on Dec 21, 2012

    It’s pretty much the same reason VFR visibility and cloud clearance requirements increase above 10,000 msl and there are various speed limits below certain altitudes and in certain airspaces. The airplanes that fly higher tend to fly faster.

    How they happened to choose 14K instead of some other number is something I don’t know.

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  2. Wes Beard on Dec 21, 2012

    It is a Terps requirement. Why 14k I don’t know. Terps defines how the airway system is built. Faster airplanes prefer longer legs and is more comfortable for the crew and passengers.

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  3. Muhammad Arif on Dec 23, 2012

    Thanks Sir Kolber and Beard i found it useful.

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