ATC Switch

Hello everybody, this may sound dumb, but when should Approach hand you off to the tower? Is it when you are established on the localizer or something else?

When they see you establish on the localizer is when they would switch you over or when you enter the Red Localizer Icon you most likely will receive the “Switch to Tower”


It depends on the approach type. Yes, as mentioned already, when the aircraft is coming in via an ILS approach, the radar controller hands over to Tower when he sees the aircraft established in the localiser. Visual approach and approach via Radar Vectors work differently though.

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