This is a request to help ATCs to see which departure runway an aircraft on the ground is destined for.
I propose a runway number label to be added to the aircraft’s tag as soon as this aircraft has received pushback or taxi approval with the departure runway. The runway number tag stays with the the aircraft until he has received cleared for takeoff. Both Ground and Tower ATC can see the runway label on their radar screen, and on the aircraft itself on the platform.
I believe this runway label can help in situations where:
- a pilot taxies to the incorrect runway, and Ground can easily spot this and give the pilot instructions.
- a pilot doesn’t like the runway he receives with pushback, tunes out of the Ground frequency and requests again.
- to easily see which aircraft needs to cross to get to it’s destination runway.
- Tower needs to know to which runway the aircraft was sent to by Ground.
I’ve thought of this idea before, but today when controlling Ground at KSEA, many aircrafts were sent to runway for which they needed to cross a busy outbound runway. It would have been handy for both myself and the Tower ATC, to see which aircrafts needed crossing, or could just taxi on.
Votes and thoughts welcome of course.