Would be nice if ATC could issue a “circle to land” approach command to pilots if such an approach is necessary.
An example would be runway 1R at SFO. This would require a circle to land approach. In the above example, the controller could issue a command “circle to land for runway 1R using runway 28L approach”.
I’m not ATC but it would help pilots tremendously to be given guidance to perform a circle to land approach when applicable.
In the above example, runway 1R at SFO really is a circle to land approach. Because controllers don’t currently have a circle to land option they currently tell you “your cleared to land on runway 1R”. But with that guidance, how do you go about flying the approach without causing a traffic conflict? Due to terrain, it’s not feasible
To do a straight in approach.
You can try to enter the right downwind but there’s no guidance on where to do that nor do you have the option to request 45 degree entry onto the downwind at a specific fix.
With runway 28L approach in vicinity, there’s potential for a traffic conflict unless everyone knows that your intention is to fly the runway 28L approach and circle to land on runway 1R (Ie: you will be breaking off to the left to fly right downwind for 1R).