Originally Posted by Jovanx
Well, it sorta makes sense as long as "faster" and "slower" are referring to ground speed and not air speed. The statement as quoted is a little confusing because of the grammar, but I think I know what you mean.
Nobody ever has a problem with a downwind turn at 9000 feet. It's when we are close to the ground and thinking about landing that the phenomenon occurs. I am assuming that the word "approaching" means they are working on their landing strategy.
What many people think of as 'the dreaded down wind turn' is in fact a quite different phenomenon, 'ground affect'.