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New Taxi Procedures In Effect, Runway Phraseology Changes In September

August 13, 2010 —The Federal Aviation Administration has implemented new procedures for taxi instructions from air traffic controllers. The new rules took effect June 20 and requires controllers to issue specific routes to follow when taxiing, replacing the “taxi to” phraseology. Instead, instructions will now be given in the form of “Taxi on [route] to [location].” Once aircraft reach their departure, runway pilots will no longer hear “Position and hold.” Read more

As part of the FAA’s continuing effort to reduce runway incursions, aircraft now must also receive specific clearance for each runway crossing their route. The FAA has also dictated that clearance to cross an active or inactive runway cannot be given before the previous runway has been crossed, unless the runway centerlines are less than 1,000 feet apart.
“Line Up and Wait”

 On September 30, air traffic controllers will begin using the phrase “line up and wait” to replace “taxi into position and hold.” The Federal Aviation Administration issued the directive to put U.S. procedures in line with International Civil Aviation Organization methods. The “line up and wait” direction is meant to position aircraft for imminent departure, but does not authorize an aircraft to take off. It also cannot be issued if an aircraft has been cleared to land on the same runway.

The FAA reminds pilots not to cross or take off from any runway unless they have been specifically instructed to do so. You can read the FAA directive here.

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