Pilots are reminded to be aware of the size and shape of their circuit pattern. Many pilots tend to follow landmarks instead of conforming to a normal circuit pattern. This can be dangerous because it adds other variables to your approach that controllers may not be expecting. An example of this is on the approach to runway 18. Pilots on the right downwind tend to widen out to the Pitt River Bridge. Then when they turn base they follow the Lougheed Highway on a slanted right base. The left circuit creates the opposite effect where pilots tend to widen their base leg to follow the Lougheed Highway.
When transiting the zone via the Pitt River route (refer to the CFS for a map) pilots are reminded to follow it precisely or request any deviations you may want, including overflying Douglas Island and then direct southbound toward Boundary Bay.
When controllers are busy, which seems to be much more common lately, it’s very important that when you are unable to make radio contact with us because we are busy talking to other aircraft, do not enter the control zone without a clearance. Orbit outside the zone, preferably somewhere not over a typical approach, until you can get through to a controller to get clearance. Entering the zone only compounds our problem and creates very unsafe situations for both you and all other pilots in the zone.