Controller Change in Progress

September, 16, 2020 by

Controller changes occur on the expert server often. During this time, there will be a brief period where no controller is present. The pilot should fly as normal and treat all clearances as relevant while still staying vigilant of any potential conflicts with the surrounding aircraft. When the new controller opens, the pilot should not request or report things again, as the controller can see their communication history.

As an example, let’s say the pilot is on final with a landing clearance. ATC goes offline. The pilot, cautious of their surroundings, will continue straight-in for Runway XX. When ATC comes online again, the pilot is authorized to land under their original clearance. Tower may or may not provide the pilot with an exit instruction. If not, the pilot should exit at their discretion and contact Ground when off the runway.

From the Infinite Flight Pilot Communications Manual

Luca Caviness is an editor for the IFATC Education Group and an IFATC Supervisor. He is also a real-world student pilot.