ATC Commands Wishlist (Comprehensive List)

Tower or ground command:
You’ve taxied to the wrong runway, please taxi to runway X

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Lol, this is true, even when i follow instructions given i dont know if ground isnt keeping track or something but i get the same commands over in some cases

Tower and Ground definitely also need a command to tell a pilot if a runway is closed, example:

Pilot: “Tower, N12345, inbound for landing, requesting runway 09”

Tower: “N12345, requested runway is closed, go around, make right/left traffic Runway 27”

and for ground:

Pilot: “Ground, N12345, ready to taxi to runway 09”

Ground: “N12345, requested runway is closed, taxi to runway 23, contact tower when ready”


First, this is not the proper use of “go around”.

Second, the commands already exist: “Enter left/right downwind runway 27”. That is telling the pilot not to land on 09.


I would like the command, "Mayday! (Problem)

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Just no.

Not a good idea - it would be abused and there are no failures in IF anyway.

People want IF to be more like a sim - if you want that, you don’t want fun and fiery failures being added, and people spamming mayday.


I have belly flopped a few while being zoned in on the indicators, especially during tough approaches. Would a tower command such as " Delta419… check gear down. " be of any use? Or am I the only one that has unfortunately mastered the occasional penguin landing?

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I don’t think it is ATCs job to monitor what the pilots should be monitoring 😉


When someone checks in, it could be nice to have a response like
Pilot: JBU1900, with you
Center: JBU1900, welcome aboard

  1. no for your request

  2. yes we probably all done that

  3. I think you need to check this out:


What if we had squak commands! But as I think of that it would require more than just an ATC command.

This would be useful, particuarly the late landing clearance one

I have a feeling a lot of this will become necessary with global. Good list.

Submenu under Check Help:

I.e. Check Help regarding requesting takeoff, check help pattern legs, check help on proper requests of approach (ILS Approach/RV/FF).

Not a complete list, but maybe if pilots didn’t just panic when they heard Check Help, and they knew which tutorial they might need to check, more than 0 percent would actually “Check Help Pages” and maybe if we’re lucky, even a few might stop requesting takeoff remaining in pattern as they fly off into the horizon. One can dream.


This is very true. It’s hard to know what you’re doing wrong sometimes. (Of course, I never get anything wrong 😉)


One of my favorite parts of listening to live ATC in the real world, is the respect and etiquette between the professionals. There rarely is a time when handing off a pilot or a pilot departing a controllers airspace when the two don’t say things like “good day, so long, bye-bye, etc.”. Currently it’s available when only requesting a frequency change and the controller approves the change without specifying another frequency. The camaraderie is one of my favorite aspects of this industry 🤙🏾

It would be awesome to hear those when all frequencies issue a handoff command to a pilot.

“NF208J Contact tower on 121.87, good day”. “Contacting tower on 121.87, NF208J, bye-bye.”

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“See ya’”, is more common than you may realize.


Absolutely, that’s another common one heard over liveATC. It’s not that I didn’t realize the commonality of “see ya”, it’s more that it didn’t come to the top of my mind when typing my reply lol. But you feel what I’m sayin 👊🏾

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Maybe we could have different small goodbye phrases like some mentioned above, and it picks one at random when we give aircraft a frequency change.

Even though that’s low on the priority list, it adds realism.

Would like to see more beneficial commands before this though.


Here is one for the approach controller:

A plane requests an ILS/GPS/whatever approach for a particular runway. That specific runway is not in use.

How about a command that says something like “######, requested runway is unavailable, expect vectors for runway ## approach.”