instrument instructor, I've seen my share of botched holds by students.
It is my belief that many such errors are caused by poor visualization
of the hold and its entry (rather than physical inability to hold altitudes
or headings and such), and that a systematic approach to visualization
can be very helpful in forming the right mental picture consistently.
my hold visualization technique (which I call the "The Dirty Dozen"
method, despite that it has only seven steps) and have found that it has
significantly helped my students in flying their holds, and a number of
instructors have picked up this and are having good success with it too.
I will also admit this: I use this same technique when I fly holds personally
under IFR and when I have to think faster than the student in assigning
him/her practice holds.
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the steps involved at your FBO, Flying Club, or wherever you wish. Just
please don't alter the document or obscure its copyright notice(s). I
hope it will help you improve your holds. If you don't like my particular
method, I still suggest that you use a systematic visualization techique.
note: the last step simply states "the entry is.." You may be
a bit suprised by this lack of direction. For your IFR checkride, you
will need to know the correct entry procedure for a given hold. However,
as a matter of course, the correct entry procedure is pretty much always
the one where you need to turn least at the holding fix to smoothly enter
the racetrack pattern. This method does not specify a hard and fast rule
for choosing the entry, but relies on your visualization of the entire
picture and your overall knowledge of entries to help you decide on
an appropriate and legal entry.
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