Always follow the taxi clearance, not the pushback expected runway

September, 27, 2019 by

When you request pushback you may or may not receive an added remark to ‘expect runway XX’. This is a new one to me that I wanted to point out. The ‘expect runway XX’ does not assign you the runway you’ll need to taxi too. It is not a taxi instruction.

It should only be used if the controller deems it necessary for the aircraft to face a particular way for pushback to promote efficiency. It should not be used for every pushback command sent.

As a pilot, you need to pay attention to the taxi instruction ‘taxi to runway XX, contact Tower when ready’. You don’t have clearance to start your taxi until you receive a taxi instruction.

References:
1. “5.1.5” of the Infinite Flight ATC Manual

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More