Center controllers can now accept approach requests

May, 8, 2021 by

6.6.10 in the Infinite Flight ATC Manual was changed, center controllers can now accept approach requests.

6.6.10 — Aircraft with a filed STAR are expected to “Check In” on initial contact with Center, if no STAR is present in a pilots flight plan, they should initiate contact by requesting the desired service or approach for their destination airport. If aircraft make other requests such as an approach request, Controllers should respond with “Continue as Filed, Expect the [approach type/runway] at [location]” if the approach in use is known. The subsequent Approach Controller can still change the expected approach if required.

This is a notable change compared to before when Center was unable to accept requests if Approach was open at the pilot’s destination airport.

It will now be a much more seamless process. This will require Center to be aware of which runways are in use at the airports that are open, within their airspace. Pilots should expect a small delay before they are assigned an approach, because Center controllers will likely need to double check which runways are in use.

No bother though if the wrong runway is selected, Approach can fix the issue once the pilot is handed off.

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