I had a reader send in a question about joining the circuit at Bromont airport a little while ago. I’ll let him explain it:
On my first solo flight after getting my Licence, I decided to go from Montreal CYHU to Bromont CZBM.
The MF was closed so it was now an ATF. There were 2 planes in the circuit and they gave me the info that RWY 05L was the active. One was on Final and the other one on initial climb. I decided to Join mid-downwind directly from the active side [at a 45° angle]. There was soaring activity on the upwind side.
On downwind, the guy that was on final told me that I couldn’t just join the downwind like that. I was surprised and apologized. Back to YHU I talked with an instructor who told me I have to fly over the aerodrome at 500′ above circuit altitude, descend on the upwind and come back to join mid-downwind. But I can’t do that at CZBM since there is always activities on the Upwind side.
The soaring activity was using the grass strip (runway 05R) on the upwind side of runway 05L. Take a look at the airport diagram. The only relevant procedures for this airport in the CFS is that runway 05R/23R to use right hand circuits. It also states “Do not over fly airport during glider ops”
So, was the pilot correct in joining the circuit this way? If you feel his actions were incorrect, then how do you think he should have joined?
I will post the correct answer in a few days. (oh and my post about Runway Surface Condition reports is coming!)