I have a question pertaining to using a parallel gravel runway and the pattern used for such runway. I will try to explain it as best as possible but it might still be a little confusing.
When flying a small plane and using a gravel strip, at an airport such as Palmer (PAAQ) with a parallel gravel runway that is positioned approx. mid distance along the parallel paved runway, but no parallel operations are allowed, where should one begin their downwind to base turn? One source I have obtained information from (an unofficial, "official source," if you know what I mean), says that one should fly a pattern as if they were going to land on the paved runway and then, when on final, after passing the touchdown zone of the paved runway, one would then move over slightly to line up with the gravel runway to finish their approach. The main reasoning behind this is, if you are flying a standard pattern for the gravel runway you would be crossing over the final approach for the paved runway (even though there are no paralell ops) during your base leg for the gravel strip.
Other sources (CFI's, Commercial Pilots, long time Alaskan Pilot's) say that you should fly a pattern for the intended runway (in this case the gravel strip). They state that the above mentioned method is unsafe.
I haven't been able to find anything that addresses this in the FAR/AIM.
I obviously have to much time on my hands. I am just trying to avoid any possible future issues with this, and I also wanted to give all you seasoned pilots something to do while you are at work.