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what is a visual cue to let you know when to turn from base to final?

We can see out the window when the end of the runway is 45 degrees behind us to help us determine when to start our turn on base



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Hello, this is a very good question. We strongly suggestion you go over this issue with your CFI, so you will perform your pattern work and flight maneuvers the way he or she would like to see it performed.

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I would say that you kind of develop a “feel” for it, and it’s definitely something to discuss with your CFI. It changes a little depending on the wind, your airspeed, and your altitude at approach (that’s why you want to get good at hitting your airspeeds on downwind, base, and final — it removes some of the variables). When I first started, I was always overshooting the base to final turn. One thing that helped me was something my CFI mentioned in passing. Imagine that the runway extends outward and crosses your base path. Basically you’re trying to round that imaginary corner, not fly through it.

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