From the CFI guy: Using the heading indicator to visualize pattern entry
Sometimes it seems like the most difficult part of a cross country is properly planning and executing the traffic pattern entry at an unfamiliar, non-towered airport. Did you know that you can use the heading indicator to visualize your pattern entry well before you can even see the runway? Let’s pretend that we are on a heading of west, going direct to the airport. After checking the weather, we have determined that runway 32 is the best one to use. Now, how do we enter that pattern?