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Pinky2

Naming the landing pattern

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More exactly it is just like the terms used in aviation when an airplane does a circuit which is a rectangle. It is the upwind leg (at take off), crosswind leg, downwind leg, base leg (which is a crosswind leg before final approach, and the final leg. Sometimes we call for a short final leg too.;)
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Pinky2

Cheers mrrubin for the answer,

Am I right if I "attach" an altitude of 400m (1300feet) to the beginning of the downwind phase, 200m base and 100m final?

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Those altitudes sound fine. There is no "perfect" answer. Your last turn should be high enough for your canopy to fly for at least ten seconds after the turn and before your flare.

Other than that, try to fly your pattern as consistently as possible, hitting your altitude check-points accurately and, of course, keeping your eyes open for other canopies.

Have a plan for your canopy flight, fly it the best you can, then after the jump evaluate how it worked out and adjust it for the next jump as you need to allow for accuracy, wind conditions etc..

This is one of the things you will need to re-learn if you change canopies.
"The ground does not care who you are. It will always be tougher than the human behind the controls."

~ CanuckInUSA

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