VFR Traffic Pattern

Take-off:
  • Smoothly apply full power
  • Check engine gauges, max power set, airspeed alive
  • Rotate: 59 KIAS
  • Climb out: 66 KIAS
Departure Checks:
  • Flaps up, fuel pump off
  • Set climb power - 25" mp, 2500 rpm
Pattern Altitude:
  • Manifold Pressure: 18" - 20"
  • Airspeed 100 KIAS
  • RPM set for cruise
Downwind:
  • Mixture full rich
  • Fuel pump on
  • Manifold Pressure: 18"-20"
  • 2400 rpm
  • Airspeed: below 108 KIAS
Abeam the Threshold:
  • Manifold Pressure - 13"
  • Flaps: Take-off
  • Speed: 80 KIAS
Base/Final:
  • Flaps: Landing
  • Approach speed - 75-80 KIAS
Final Approach:
  • Mixture/Propeller controls: full forward (full RPM)
  • Flaps: Landing
  • Speed: 70 KIAS over the numbers