landing pattern ... in higher winds

Here's a typical landing pattern in higher winds.

Things to notice:

At 1,000 feet, arrive at your downwind checkpoint, the entry point for the pattern.

At 600 feet, or your base leg checkpoint, whichever comes first, turn onto your base leg. During your base leg, you will be crabbing, cross to the wind. In order to travel a straight path, you will have to set an angle slightly into the wind.

At 300 feet, or your final checkpoint, whichever comes first, turn onto your base leg.

In strong winds, it is important to make the base leg and final approach turns over a clear area, in case you land short of the target.

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