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ASA Holding Pattern Computer
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ASA Holding Pattern Computer

You are flying a heading of 055 when you are issued this clearance: "...hold east of the ABC VORTAC on the zero niner zero radial, left turns..."

Such a clearance is enough to induce a rapid heartbeat in the most experienced pilot. Although holding patterns may be used on any instrument flight, holding clearances are issued infrequently enough that pilots can get a little rusty on the procedures. Visualizing a holding pattern from your current position is one of the more challenging aspects of instrument flight.

ASA's new design for the Holding Pattern Computer not only displays the appropriate entry procedure given the assigned holding radial for both standard and nonstandard patterns (direct, parallel, or teardrop), but it also depicts how pilots get to this entry, given their current aircraft heading.

Holding pattern practice is now part of the instrument currency requirements (every 6 months, instrument-rated pilots must execute 6 instrument approaches and practice intercepting and tracking a NAVAID, as well as holding procedures). This handy pocket-sized tool may be used as a refresher on the ground, as well as a quick-reference guide in flight.

A perfect learning tool for experienced instrument pilots, students, as well as a convenient instructional aid for flight instructors. Made from durable plastic. 5" x 3 1/2".

 

 

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013
by A Customer from Tavares FL USA 
Review: A very handy tool.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Well...
by Georges from Denton TX USA 

Pros: Simplifies hold calculations (if you know how to use it)
Cons: Cheap aspect, does not rotate easily.
Review: Haven't really used it,just feel more comfortable (and trustworthy) of actually drawing out my holds with a pencil and paper. Maybe that will change when I really get proficient at using it, because it is not that self-explanatory.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
A good product, built well and wont fail. easy to understand
by A Customer from  

Pros: Its correct every time, and dont fail. built well too
Cons: its a bit difficult to move the wheels at first, but you get the hang of it.
Review: I will give this 4 out of 5 stars because its a bit difficult to operate with one hand, you need two which can be a challenge in IFR. I read the previous reviews, and I dont see how this dont work unless people are using wrong or they updated it, because I went to my instrument ground school book, and looked up the holding entry questions, and this device calcaluted EVERY one of them correctly! its all plastic construction too, so maybe that was upgraded from cardboard. but it works, and even though you gotta get the knack of working the dials physically while in the air, its worth it. this is a must have tool for IFR. it dont fail, its right every time. for the price its a no brainer, buy one now. its easy to understand, set the heading, then rotate the red tab to the holding radial, and the red tab is residing in one of the 3 zones, parellel, teardrop, or direct. simple, and easy. no muss, no fuss.
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Thursday, January 19, 2012
Simple and easy to use
by David from Mechanicsville VA USA 

Pros: simple device
Cons: Make sure you know how which radial to select
Review: Use this device as a backup in the event I get a "vapor lock" while in flight.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Helpful
by Joseph from Jasper IN USA 

Pros: Easy to use.
Review: What I expected. Help me in learning entry patterns. I carry it in the flight bag if I have any questions.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I Don't Like The Product
by Don from Warren MI USA 

Pros: None
Cons: Doesn't function properly
Review: It is not easy to move or swivel. That makes it very cumbersome. Maybe this one was not put together right by the manufacturer. It won't be used.
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Thursday, February 03, 2011
Not what I expected
by Jeffrey from Fort Myers FL USA 

Pros: Good paperweight
Cons: Wrong sector depictions for entry methods on both sides!! Someone should let the manufacturure know about this discrepency.
Review: Sure, the concept of this device is good, but needs improving in design for useability.
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Thursday, December 23, 2010
Incorrect Layout
by Jeffrey Clarke from Fort Myers, Florida 

Pros: Does show pattern relative to center fix
Cons: Entry positions in wrong place
Review: On both the standard and non-standard sides, the position of the parallel and teardrop entry are in the wrong place!!! Someone should report this to the manufacturer...
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
by Juergen from Bottrop . Germany 
Review: A perfect tool, I love it!! Jrgen Exner, Germany
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Seems backward to me
by Bob from Mineola TX USA 

Review: On both right and left turns, when AC heading is at top, holding radial at tab AC is always in the "direct" area, while pattern is on reciprocal side. But, according to FAA (based on heading and radial) that would be a parallel or close to a teardrop. What am I missing?
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Friday, October 30, 2009
Would buy this product again.
by Roger from Fort Smith AR USA 

Review: It met all expectations.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
by A Customer from Westminster CO USA 
Review: It works as described.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
by Dan from Rockville MD USA 
Review: I bought two, one is correct, the other one has the holding pattern is the same on both sides, left and right are both on the same side, the other one is fine.
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
Not Worth It
by Frederick Randall from Ormond Beach, FL  

Pros: None
Cons: Cheap, confusing, Unfortunate waste of money
Review: Bought from another vendor, but in my search for another product my CFII recommended, here I see it. Well let me tell you this flimsy foreign holding computer made it more confusing than ever. You're better off with either the Visihold or the Jeppesen product.
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Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Great tool for the student struggling with holds.
by Brian from California 

Pros: Easy to use and understand.
Cons: Holding pattern tab is tight and tends to move the compass disk during rotation, should loosen up with continued use, but double check you heading .
Review: This item works exactly as advertised. I was taught the "pencil method" by my instructor and this computer helped me bring the entire concept home. I have not tried using it in flight yet, however I don't expect it to be an issue.
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Monday, March 30, 2009
by Faris from Port Orange, FL 
Review: Nice product and is definitely handy.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Good practice tool
by A Customer from San Juan PR USA 

Pros: Clear, easy to use, good memory aid
Cons: none
Review: It's a good tool to visualize entries. It helped me commit to memory the location of the different sectors and then mentally visualize them in the cockpit. Calling it a computer is a bit misleading it's really a memory aid.
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Thursday, December 18, 2008
I wouldn't bother with this one.
by David from Sarver PA USA 

Pros: Small.
Cons: Not gonna be used.
Review: It's kind of cool to have any type of "computer". But this really isn't worth it. My instructor showed me an easier method for holding patterns anyway. This just made me more confused when learning.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Don't bother with this one
by Dave from PA 

Pros: Small
Cons: Not easy to use
Review: Nice idea but, doesn't make anything easier. Should be all plastic. Cardboard center probably won't last long. The instrument plotter is easier to use. No need to have this one.
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Monday, February 18, 2008
by William from Topeka KS USA 
Review: Every IFR student must have one.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007
by Bob from Burlington, NC 
Pros: Best pattern tool I've seen!
Cons: Sometimes difficult to set.
Review: I had not flown in 17 years when I started my instrument rating. While under the hood, I just could not visualize the holding pattern entries so as a last resort I ordered the ASA Holding Pattern Computer. This product was everything I was looking for. The only thing I did not like was the difficulty setting the two dials correctly while under the hood. Other than that I highly recommend it to the holding pattern challenged. Now it is a breeze to visualize the entries. Thanks ASA and MY Pilot Store.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2004
by A Customer from Grand Rapids MI 
Review: A little hard to understand and use but an overall good product.
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