Non-Standard Phrases

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from an Insider with Daniel wrote to me asking about a non-standard instruction given to him by a tower controller. The controller told him to fly “towards the numbers.” He couldn’t find that phrase anywhere in the Aeronautical Information Manual. It turns out, tower controllers say a lot of things that aren’t in the manual. It’s perfectly legal for them to do so.

In this show, you and I will cover what, how, and why airport tower controllers give instructions that are non-standard. We’ll also talk about what you can do when a tower controller says something that surprises you.

Show Notes:

    • The Air Traffic Controller’s Manual allows controllers to use non-standard phraseology to ensure the safe and expeditious flow of traffic.


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