En-Route Holding in Bad Weather

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En-Route Holding in Bad Weather

Unread post by Hop Harrigan » Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:26 pm

Hi,
With all the heavy weather over the last few days in Gauteng, I've been watching the FR24 radar pic. Lots of diversions and lots of en-route holding going on.
However I notice that many en-route holds seem to take place on no particular heading. Many are done on a right-hand racetrack on 360 but many appear to be on pretty random headings.
Isn't the correct procedure, when requested by ATC to hold en-route, to hold in a RH racetrack on 360??
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Re: En-Route Holding in Bad Weather

Unread post by Romeo E.T. » Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:05 pm

generally ATC ask for 2 minute holds based on the inbound heading that the aircraft had on the airway inbound, that way, when leaving the enroute hold you just carry on straight ahead, and no turns required to re-achieve the airway routing.

then also the weather dictates how the hold looks, to stay clear of the weather

that is the practical experience I have had before, no time to consider the "theoretical" enroute holding
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