Radar Contact: Cancel Takeoff Clearance

runwayWideThere is so much information packed into this week’s edition of Radar Contact, I don’t know where to begin.

We’ll be talking about radio calls from ATC that confuse even experienced pilots. I’ll cover those with you so you will know exactly what to do should ATC ever give you one of these clearances.

There is something strange in the route ahead. Who you gonna call? Flight Watch. I’ll tell you how to do that in this weeks’s show.

Clearance Delivery? Isn’t that something for I. F. and R. pilot’s? Nope. If you fly VFR out of a Class C airport, you will probably have to ring Clearance Delivery’s bells before you taxi. Here is how to do that.

All that, plus good stuff for flight schools and flying clubs; followed by the always popular Question of the Week. That’s a lot to cover in 21 minutes. We had better get started. . .

Show Notes:

  1. There are certain clearances given by ATC that you won’t hear very often. When they do come up, a lot of pilots, even experienced pilots are confused about what they mean.
  2. Case in point: “Shortened.” A tower controller will add the word shortened for all runway clearances when a runway’s length has been reduced for construction or other reasons.
  3. “Taxi without delay.” Many pilots, and some controllers, think that clearance means taxi quickly. It doesn’t mean that at all. It means start taxiing immediately.
  4. “Expedite” is also misunderstood. On the ground, it means start now. In the air, it is usually applied to a clearance to descend or climb. In that case, it means, fly at your maximum rate of descent or climb.
  5. “Cancel takeoff clearance is a very serious instruction. You should comply with that clearance immediately. Prompt compliance may save your life. I have an personal experience that illustrates the life-saving potential of this clearance.
  6. Flight Watch, in my opinion, can give the most complete picture of weather conditions along your route of flight. Contacting Flight Watch does not have to be complicated. We’ll cover how to do it, next.
  7. Clearance Delivery, it’s not just for IFR. If you depart Class C and choose to participate in Basic Radar Service for VFR Aircraft, you are going to need to contact clearance delivery.
  8. When contacting Clearance Delivery, all you need to provide is “VFR,” the general direction you’ll be flying as you depart through the Class C, your planned initial cruising altitude, plus the latest ATIS identifier code: “With Information Kilo,” for example.
  9. Clearance delivery will come back with a transponder code, any special instructions for departure, plus the departure frequency you will use after takeoff.
  10. If you used and commented on Clearance Magic, thank you for the nice feedback. As a reminder, Clearance Magic is my program that teaches you how to copy IFR route clearances with ease and accuracy, every time. It’s available in the left-hand margin of any page at this website.
  11. I am now offering volume discounts on my book Radio Mastery for VFR Pilots for flight schools and flying clubs. Check out the details by using the “Flight Schools and Clubs” tab at the top of any page of this website.
  12. The Flight Schools and Clubs tab also gives you details about how you can book me to guest lecture in your flight school’s classroom, or schedule me to speak to your flying club.
  13. tude, plus the latest ATIS identifier code: “With Information Kilo,” for example.

    Clearance delivery will come back with a transponder code, any special instructions for departure, plus the departure frequency you will use after takeoff.

    If you used and commented on Clearance Magic, thank you for the nice feedback. As a reminder, Clearance Magic is my program that teaches you how to copy IFR route clearances with ease and accuracy, every time. It’s available in the left-hand margin of any page at this website.

    I am now offering volume discounts on my book Radio Mastery for VFR Pilots for flight schools and flying clubs. Check out the details by using the “Flight Schools and Clubs” tab at the top of any page of this website.

    The Flight Schools and Clubs also gives you details about how you can book me to guest lecture in your flight school’s classroom, or schedule me to speak to your flying club.

    Question of the Week

    You are taxiing out to Runway 8 Left at Pueblo Memorial Airport in Colorado. You are currently taxiing on Taxiway Alpha and Ground has told you to hold short of Runway 35, which crosses Alpha. Ground tells you to then monitor Tower’s frequency. Presumably, Tower is going to tell you when you may cross Runway 35 and continue to the end of 8 Left.

    You make the switch to tower’s frequency, and just as you do, your aircraft’s engine starts running rough. You quickly switch your ignition from both to left magneto only and the engine still sounds rough. You try the right magneto and the engine starts to cough like it’s about to quit. As this happens, Tower comes on the radio and says, “Cessna 9130 Delta, Pueblo Tower, traffic is on a 2-mile final. Without delay, cross Runway 35. ” What do you do now, and what do you say in reply to Tower?

    When you think you know the answer to that question, go to the link atccommunication.com/answers. There you will find a complete answer along with an explanation about how that answer was derived.

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