Denying pattern work without putting it in ATIS

March, 31, 2022 by

What most controllers have trouble grasping is that the decision to deny or allow pattern work doesn’t need to be in ATIS. You can deny it whenever you’d like. You have the option to deny specific aircraft pattern work either in the takeoff clearance, or there are three miscellaneous commands for Tower to deny pattern work.

  1. No pattern work: “N623KB, Tower is no longer accepting pattern work at this time”
  2. Pattern full: N623KB, Pattern is full, no pattern work accepted at this time
  3. No pattern work, land or divert: “N623KB, Tower is no longer accepting pattern work. Please land or divert”

The translation for those commands are as follows.

  1. Come back later, maybe
  2. Look around, we’re full, come back later
  3. Leave my sight and go somewhere else, don’t come back

All are great options to deny pattern work. You have to always you remember, we service the pilots, so denying pattern work should only be temporary. It doesn’t need to be included in ATIS if the waves of traffic are just that, waves.

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