|Last Updated||03/17/2023 23:51
by Matthew Woerly
Issue the following to arriving aircraft that will conduct an overhead maneuver:
a. Pattern altitude and direction of traffic. Omit either or both if standard or when you know the pilot is familiar with a nonstandard procedure.
PHRASEOLOGY-PATTERN ALTITUDE (altitude). RIGHT TURNS.
b. Request for report on initial approach.
c. “Break” information and request for pilot report. Specify the point of “break” only if nonstandard. Request the pilot to report “break” if required for traffic or other reasons.
PHRASEOLOGY-BREAK AT (specified point). REPORT BREAK.
d. Overhead maneuver patterns are developed at airports where aircraft have an operational need to conduct the maneuver. An aircraft conducting an overhead maneuver is on VFR and the IFR flight plan is canceled when the aircraft reaches the “initial point” on the initial approach portion of the maneuver. The existence of a standard overhead maneuver pattern does not eliminate the possible requirement for an aircraft to conform to conventional rectangular patterns if an overhead maneuver cannot be approved.
NOTE- Aircraft operating to an airport without a functioning control tower must initiate the cancellation of the IFR flight plan prior to executing the overhead maneuver or after landing.
FOX1: Portland Tower, FOX1 is on a 5 mile straight in for runway 28R, requesting overhead maneuver
PDX_TWR: FOX1, Portland Tower, Pattern Altitude 2,500, Right Turns. Report Initial
FOX1: Pattern Altitude 2,500 with right turn. Will report initial for FOX1
FOX1: FOX1 is Initial
PDX_TWR: FOX1, Break at midfield, Report Break
FOX1: Break at midfield and will report the break for FOX1
FOX1: FOX1 is Break
PDX_TWR: FOX1, Check wheels down, Wind 280 at 6, Runway 28R, Cleared to Land
FOX1: Three in the green, Cleared to land Runway 28R for FOX1
Procedures referenced to specific military branches only apply in the following situations:
A facility operated by that military service, or that only provides service to a military location. The applicable procedures will be applied for all aircraft, military or civilian. Examples:
By LOA. Military procedures applied to military aircraft, civilian procedures applied to civilian aircraft. Typically at mixed-use airports. Examples:
The following is a summary of some procedures applicable for certain military branches: