Non-U.S. Landing Clearances

October, 3, 2020 by

Outside of the United States, landing clearances are delivered and received much later. To reduce controller error, clearances may only be given when the runway is clear. As soon as the landing clearance is sent, the runway must be kept clear until the respective aircraft has landed.

Pilots can expect a very late clearance, as close as 2nm away from the runway threshold. The controller may also deliver a landing clearance if they are sure departing traffic will be clear of the runway in time, using a traffic advisory. This will sound like, “A320 rolling, cleared to land”. A perfect example can be found in this video.

Infinite Flight Air Traffic Controllers follow FAA procedures, meaning they won’t use this method most of the time. However, some controllers, for realism’s sake, will use “continue inbound” to stall the delivery of the landing clearance at airports outside of the United States.

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