Definitions for "Holding pattern"
An ovoid-shaped pattern flown in reference to a fixed reference point. Holding patterns are assigned by ATC to provide traffic separation during peak load times.
Set path which keeps aircraft within a specified airspace while awaiting further clearance from air traffic control.
(1) A predetermined racetrack pattern flown as part of a holding procedure. Fr: circuit d'attent(2) U.S.: Expression for: holding procedure