RIGHT OVERHEAD TRAFFIC PATTERN

If/When "The Quick Taxi" is unavailable due to heavy approach/landing traffic on active Runway 27/9 - student pilots are instructed to make an overhead right traffic pattern with an approach to the helipad as they return to student parking. This maneuver is basic, but offers a lot of confined technical flying within the airports immediate airspace, and serves as great practice packing a lot of fundamental aviating into a very short period of time.

This is my preference over the "quick taxi"

Start with a normal (into the wind) take off - at 50 knots, feel transitional lift pick up the helicopter and continue a right climbing turn to 1,300ft.  After winding around 180* and facing downwind, you are now flying above departing aircraft and are looking for the left inside of Runway 16/34.  Fly directly over the active runway 27 and begin your left descending turn towards the control tower, continuing the turn until you are lined up on Taxiway Alpha.  After turning final, fly a normal approach landing to the helipad and then proceed to student parking.

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