The Visual Holding Pattern provides a complete visual reference to help you determine the proper holding pattern entry technique based on your aircraft's heading and the holding pattern's inbound leg course. With a single finger rotation a pilot can easily orientate the holding pattern around a holding fix based on the inbound leg's desired bearing, radial, or course. The entire circular image can be rotated to match the aircraft's heading to allow the pilot to visualize the aircraft's approach to the holding pattern. The aircraft's heading can either be set manually or automatically based on the magnetic heading of the iDevice being used.

This app is designed for optimal viewing and use on an iPad or iPhone 5 screen size or larger. This app requires iOS 8.0 or greater.

What’s New

Version 1.4.0

This update allows a +/- 5 degree heading tolerance in determining the recommended pattern entry based on your heading. Many thanks to Murray Sissons for requesting this update. We take user feedback very seriously and will always listen to and consider update requests so please keep them coming.

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

AZCardinalFlyer ,

Very Clean & Simple App

This is a great app. It’s very clean, intuitive, & simple to use. As a private pilot for over 20 years with an instrument rating, I’ve always carried a plastic “whiz wheel” holding pattern calculator very similar to this electronic version. These are hardly ever needed because the holding patterns required is usually quite obvious. However, these come in handy for confirmation when flying near the boundary between two zones. Since my iPad is always open when I’m flying using ForeFlight, it’s nice to now have this app on my iPad too. It’s unfortunate that one reviewer gave this app a 1 star & commented that this does not work in the US....that is clearly wrong. Such a low rating is undeserved, disrespectful to the author who obviously worked hard on it & coming from someone who obviously doesn’t know what they are talking about.

201dozer76 ,

Great app

Very easy to operate ... very clear information.

rfreshour ,

Incorrect Pattern

I’m not sure what country this holding pattern is valid for, but it’s completely incorrect for the US. Please fix the pattern for the US. Thank you.

Developer Response ,

rfreshour, please don't compare the pattern layout you see on the screen with what you may see in books or articles. Instead, compare the actual results of headings and entry procedures. I'm sure you will find them to be exactly right. I designed the layout to show the proper pattern entries and headings from the perspective of the aircraft's heading, not what it would look like on paper. Please let me know through the home page and email links I provide if you have any specific questions on the use of this app. Thanks.


Arthur Varrassi
15.6 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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