Exercise 17 — Circuit


To determine that the trainee can operate the aeroplane in a safe manner in the vicinity of a controlled and/or uncontrolled aerodrome.


The trainee shall demonstrate correct circuit procedures, including departure and joining procedures.

The ability to comply with MF procedures and ATC clearances or instructions while maintaining separation from other aircraft shall be demonstrated.

Performance Criteria

The trainee will:

  • fly an accurate circuit maintaining correct position and separation from other aircraft;
  • comply with actual or simulated ATC clearances or instructions;
  • comply with established circuit entry and departure procedures;
  • comply with established circuit patterns;
  • establish an appropriate distance from the runway/landing area;
  • correct for wind drift to maintain proper ground track;
  • remain oriented with the runway/landing area in use;
  • maintain and hold circuit altitude and airspeed (+/-100 feet, +/-10 knots);
  • complete appropriate checklists;
  • comply with other procedures that may be in effect at the time.