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a state of inaction with no progress and no change

the flight path (usually circular) maintained by an aircraft that is awaiting permission to land

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In reality, the waiting passengers cannot get onboard immediately, but keep on boarding during the boarding and holding procedure as shown in Figure 1.
The objectives of this study were 1) to quantify mortality associated with blood extraction at set levels and 2) to quantify mortality associated with stress from simulated transport and holding procedures, combined with the stress of blood extraction at the same levels as in the first objective.
High mortality in these tournaments probably was related to unusual handling and holding procedures (August) and depressurization illness (September).
(20) Weiss at 178 (holding procedures established by Congress to govern military justice to be adequate to ensure a fair trial consistent with the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment).
We know by now that performing six approaches, holding procedures and intercepting and tracking using navigation systems every six months isn't a full solution to the problem of remaining proficient in all aspects of contemporary IFR operations.
It's tougher for some students than others, but getting comfortable on the radios is just as crucial for instrument flying as polishing holding procedures and shooting approaches.
Logging the six approaches, holding procedures and course intercepts/tracking required by FAR 61.57(c) can be quite the challenge for pilots who fly infrequently or who are based in regions where good weather is routine.
For example, the current PTS indicates a pilot must exhibit "adequate knowledge of the elements related to holding procedures." Kinda vague, eh?
Since it's a task we can be asked to perform at any time when on an instrument clearance--and one that at least in some areas may be becoming more common--let's review holding procedures, then look at some workload-reducing tricks for flying published and unpublished holding procedures in a busy, single-pilot cockpit.