Enter Right base??

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JG3Bulldog Trainee

Airport landing question.

I have just got into FSX so forgive me if this question is old or seems silly but...

When getting landing clearence they tell me come in to runway 24 right base.

What does right base mean? As I approach come in from MY right or right in relation to compass N.

sorry if this is a newbie question.

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Pro Member First Officer
faust1200 First Officer

It's a little hard to explain without a picture. Here's a picture, albeit lame but it works. (the picture depicts a left hand pattern) In a right hand pattern all turns in the pattern will be to the right (i.e. enter right base) and conversely for left hand traffic. So if the controller says enter right base you are clear to enter directly into the base leg of the pattern which would then give you a right turn to final approach leg. This procedure differs when you enter the pattern at an uncontrolled airfield where you typically enter downwind on the '45.'

Pro Member Captain
Karlw Captain

you see in real lfe when entering a traffic pattern or entering downwind the tower tells you to enter left or right base it i often left base this just means the side of the airport he traffic pattern is flying around and CRJ capt displayed

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JG3Bulldog Trainee

Thank you very much.


The base leg is the last leg before the final approach leg. When the ATC says enter base left just think about putting the airport to the left of your plane and fly paralell to the runway. This way you can only enter the base leg by turning the plane to the left. If it were enter downwind right base you would come in at 45 degrees with the airport on your right. Left or right depends on which way you are approaching the airport.


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