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holding pattern

1. Literally, of an aircraft, a continuous, generally circular flight pattern over an airport, as while awaiting clearance to land. Due to a security breach in the airport, our plane was kept in a holding pattern for nearly 45 minutes.
2. A state or condition of inactivity or stagnancy, leading to little or no change, advancement, or development. Relying solely on derivative sequels, many feel that the video game company has been in a holding pattern in recent years
See also: holding, pattern

in a holding pattern

1. Literally, of an aircraft, in a continuous, generally circular flight pattern over an airport, as while awaiting clearance to land. Due to a security breach in the airport, our plane was kept in a holding pattern for nearly 45 minutes.
2. In a state or condition of inactivity or stagnancy, leading to little or no change, advancement, or development. Relying solely on derivative sequels, many feel that the video game company has been in a holding pattern in recent years.
See also: holding, pattern
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So, all this exploration of whether you can legally fly a shorter holding pattern or HILPT entry, all essentially boil down to a simple answer: "Ask the controller.
And there's a lot of airspace available to the pilot assigned a holding pattern.
The outbound leg of a holding pattern has no ground-based navigation guidance.
We've been almost in a holding pattern for a number of years.
We're kind of in a holding pattern right now," he said.
When the post offices in Trenton and Princeton were closed in October because of anthrax contamination, it left students across the country in a holding pattern at the height of the application season.
In the distance, a jumbo jet takes off from Newark; others circle in a holding pattern, awaiting clearance to land.
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VOR-A BAKER CITY MUNI (BKE) MISSED APPROACH: Climbing right turn to 6900 in BKE VOR/DME holding pattern.
The practical test-mandated/real-world recommended method of holding pattern entry is to determine on what heading you will cross the holding fix, then use the 70-degree/180-degree diagram at right to decide whether to make a direct, parallel or teardrop entry into the hold.
Meanwhile, the unit holding pattern is fairly concentrated with top 10 investors holding more than three-fourth of fund's units.
Summary: With risk appetite pulling tempered through ThursdayEoe1/4aos session, the commodity currencies were naturally put into a holding pattern.
Obviously, UCLA, like a lot of schools, is in a holding pattern waiting for the outcome of the BCS,'' UCLA spokesman Marc Dellins said.