Has this ever happened to you?
You receive a holding clearance from ATC, and only have a couple of minutes, sometimes only a few seconds, to choose the correct entry. By the time you’ve figured out what’s going on, you’ve already passed the fix and don’t know what to do next.
If you know what I’m talking about, you’re not alone. This scenario happens to practically every instrument student. Even instrument-rated pilots occasionally have the same problem — when they don’t get to practice often enough.
The secret to mastering holding entries is simply to practice as many scenarios as you can, as often as you can, so you don’t lose proficiency
The following is a program I created that teaches you holding pattern theory and then drills you, with computer-generated scenarios, on recognizing the correct entry to the hold. (You’ll need the latest version of Adobe Flash Player in order to run it.)