Some claim that pilots first started saying
“orientate” so the English-challenged wouldn’t
think they were on the wrong Asia-bound plane.
As far as we know, the patented Holdup is the only portable holding pattern aid or application
that orients all holds and entries without
mental orientation. Unlike some aids (or
passengers), it’ll never make you think
that you’re on the wrong plane.
“A clever handheld circular calculator”
– FLYING Magazine, June 2004
A great tool for instrument students,
pilots, CFIs, controllers, and examiners
Too often, we used to hear pilots say, “Ever since system improvements meant fewer holds, I don’t hold often enough to need a holding device.” Ironically, holding pattern procedures must now be practiced every 6 months because the FAA realized that too many pilots were getting too rusty on them. We’ve all heard about pilots who didn’t orient a hold and/or entry right (sometimes even when using an aid). Whether you’re assigned 1 hold per year by ATC or a full series of holds by your CFI, you won’t worry about holding pattern entries and orientation with the Holdup.
FLYING Magazine (newsstand, June 2004, pg 18 – contact us for a reprint) said this about the Holdup – “A clever handheld circular calculator designed by John Newcomb, a CFI, removes the mental gymnastics necessary to determine how to enter and where to hold at an intersection.” The directions on the device also work well for station holds, but a designed-in, optional shortcut makes those even easier.
As far as we know, no other portable holding pattern calculator, computer, visualizer, or application does intersection holding without mental orientation. Because it’s tricky, you might not believe how easy it is with the Holdup until you try it, but you probably won’t even need the directions on the device if you use it more than just occasionally. In fact, the Holdup is so easy to use that, before it got a better instruction sheet (which most pilots also don’t need), a few called in to see if they were doing it right since “Holding can’t be that simple.” They were delighted to be shown that it can and that the Holdup makes orientation and entries that simple every time.
At a typical intersection, eight possible holds can be assigned. Half of them have two roughly-opposite hold directions like “Hold Northwest of ORVIL on the 150° radial, right turns” (lower left diagram, solid line, also demonstrated by the Holdup pictured above). If that’s not tricky enough, what about doing it with only one receiver where you have to switch back and forth between two stations and radials? The tougher it gets, the more you’ll appreciate the work and the time the Holdup saves you. Making up holding assignments is much easier, too.
If the Holdup isn’t the easiest and best holding pattern method you’ve ever
tried, return it within 30 days for a full refund (you’d pay return shipping only).
• Pays for itself with reduced flight time, training, and holding pattern practice. • Pilot-perspective • Right (standard) and left (on back side) turns • Orients all FAA/ICAO IFR holds. • Quality construction and durable • Dials turn fairly easily but stay where you put them. • Fits in a standard shirt pocket (actual size = 4 inch = 10.2 cm). • Matte finish resists scratching and glare. • Most Examiners allow holding pattern aids on flight tests. If yours doesn’t, learning with the Holdup sets the right procedures in your mind much sooner and more permanently. Ordering Information
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