Over-controlling when remaining in the pattern

When aircraft remain in the pattern, they are all flying VFR (Visual Flight Rules). The pilot is responsible for separation between the other aircraft in the pattern, not tower. So commands such as “I’ll call your base”, “extend downwind” and speed commands would be seen as over-controlling in most situations.

Let it play out and intervene when absolutely necessary.

January 1, 2020 by Kyle Boas