are flying a heading of 360 when you are issued this clearance “…hold
east of the ABC VORTAC on the zero niner zero radial, right turns…”
This clearance is enough to invoke a rapid heart beat in the most
experienced pilots. Although holding patterns may be used on any
instrument flight, holding clearances are issued infrequently enough for
pilots to get a little rusty on the procedures. Visualizing a holding
pattern from a current position is one of the more challenging aspects
of instrument flight.
ASA’s holding pattern computer shows pilots which entry is
appropriate given the assigned holding radial. The design not only
displays the appropriate entry procedure for both standard and
nonstandard patterns (direct, parallel, or teardrop), but also depicts
how pilots get to this entry, given their current aircraft heading.
Holding pattern practice is now part of the instrument currency
requirements (every 6 months, instrument-rated pilots must execute 6
instrument approaches and practice intercepting and tracking a NAVAID,
as well as holding procedures). This handy pocket-sized tool may be used
as a refresher on the ground, as well as a quick-reference guide in
A perfect learning tool for experienced instrument pilots, students,
and convenient instructional aid for flight instructors. Made from
durable plastic in the USA.