Assume that a controller that accepts T & G say “Make left traffic”. The runway is 26L. This aircraft entered the left downwind of runway 26L. What is the best commands that the controller should send? “Cleared for the option, after the option, make left traffic” or “Cleared for the option”? However this aircraft will use the left traffic after this.
Cleared for the option is fine. You only need to state the direction once- the aircraft will continue making patterns in the direction given.
You’d just have to say ‘cleared for the option’ as you already gave them instructions for left downwind earlier.
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Sometimes the pilots don’t like to listen so I send, “cleared for the option, runway xx, make xxx traffic”, but when I know a pilot will listen based on his actions I’ll just send, “cleared for the option, runway xx”. Some pilots think they can make left or right traffic if just simply told, “cleared for the option, runway xx”, but we all know that’s not correct.
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Keep in mind it is only that first time for that assigned runway, as long as they stay on that runway you don’t have to tell them again unless you want them to change direction. If the assigned runway changes, you will want to instruct them a direction again, wether it be the same direction or not. New runway, new instruction.
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