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Vertically split VFR circuits

Old 10th Sep 2015, 19:50
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Vertically split VFR circuits

Hi does anyone know of an airfield that operates VFR circuits on the same side but split vertically? E.g. One set of a/c at say 700 feet and another set at 1500 feet.
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Old 10th Sep 2015, 20:55
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I don't know about that, but I remember doing a rather busy Tower at Aberdeen in the '70s (no Radar then), & looking towards Dyce & downwind right for 35, & seeing two light a/c obviously downwind & very close together, which APP hadn't told me about. I turned to the APP Procedural controller (sitting next to me ) & asked what the hell these two a/c were doing downwind in my circuit without being notified to me.
"Don't worry", he said, "they're separated, one's not above 1000 & the other's not below 1000" !
"Would you like to think that one through, again, xxx", I asked. But, I don't think that he got it.
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Old 10th Sep 2015, 21:06
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We have one in New Zealand. Christchurch Airport has an "interesting" mix of aircraft ranging from 777's to Piper Tomahawks. They have a parallel Grass and Seal runway to cater, Grass 02/20 has a circuit altitude of 900ft AMSL, Seal 02/20 has a circuit altitude of 1500ft AMSL, both on the same side. See AIP New Zealand look for Christchurch Aerodrome (1) & (2) under aerodrome charts
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Old 11th Sep 2015, 01:03
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Vertically split VFR circuits

Benson. 500' for loads, 700 for grobs and 1000' for rotary.
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Old 11th Sep 2015, 04:48
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in Switzerland at LSZL you have a circuit at 2000' fixed gear aircraft and one at 3'000 feet for the retractable gear aircraft
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Farnborough; 1,200ft QNH up to 2730kg, 1700 ft above 2730kg.
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Helis 750'
Fixed wing 1000'
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Old 11th Sep 2015, 17:49
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It's also being discussed in one of the other forums on here.
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Day: Light single-engined aircraft - 800 ft (QFE) Twin-engined and executive aircraft - 1200 ft (QFE)

Night: All aircraft - 1000 ft (QFE)

Presumably all non-executive aircraft and three-holers, Herons etc have to do 800 ft circuits during daytime…

And are there any single-engined aircraft which are not 'Light' ?
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