flew a very enjoyable flight from Shoreham to Manston.
As I approached Manston flying @ 135 knots, 2500feet Tower instructed me to
"enter lefthand downind for runway 28, No3 for landing". At this time I had runway 28 at my 10oclock. Now am I correct in thinking a left hand pattern would be to fly a box pattern around the airfield keeping the runway on my left flying anticlockwise. This sounds reasonable to me. So as I am already approaching 28 I need to fly a complete circuit. However FSX cleared me to land just as I was entering the circuit, as I passed runway 28. Is this correct. Shouldn't I be cleared to land when I'm in the circuit turning base or thereabouts?
Anyway I enter the circuit and are number 3 to land. I drop my speed to around 90knots and 1500 feet. I can't see no's 1 and 2 so i'll keep an eye out and listen for when they are cleared to land. I'm flying what I would call a pretty loose circuit although I turned downwind pretty much as the runway was off of my port wing (too tight maybe). As I'm flying my circuit I keep hearing all these aircraft being ordered to go around, so presumably I've undercut these planes so they are behind me? Maybe I'm just too slow and they got bored :-)
Anyway I land okay.
So the questions are how 'loose' should a circuit be and is it normal to be cleared to land so early or does FSX ATC just recognise that I've passed my runway so it must be time to land?