There are 5 legs to the circuit: Take-Off, Cross-Wind, Down-Wind, Base and Final/Landing. All turns will be 90 degrees in the circuit, and will all be either to the right or left, depending on the aerodrome, traffic and other factors (The controller or aerodrome traffic will let you know the direction). The take-off and cross-wind legs involve climbing up to circuit altitude, which is almost always 1000' above aerodrome height. The down-wind is at circuit height and is also where you do your checks before landing and make a radio call to the tower. You begin descending on base, and when you turn final you should be lined up with the runway centerline, coming in for landing.
|Sample Circuit - Lefthand Runway 32, CYKF (Waterloo International)|