Over the past days as Tower ATC, I have noticed that some of us can learn a bit about the handoff between Approach and Tower ATC. Hope this can contribute.
See the picture below:
In #2: Approach ATC aims to bring you in on a 30 degree angle with the ILS flight path. In order to get established on the ILS, you must turn the last 30 degrees yourself. I see some who don’t do this, and overshoot. See #3
In #3: remember that Approach will hand you over to Tower once it sees you are established on the ILS. If this happens too late to guarantee a safe landing, Approach will not hand you to Tower but will execute a missed approach procedure.
In #4: after Approach hands you to Tower, you do report ‘Inbound on the ILS, runway xx’.
Here we see the most common mistake: many pilots request ‘inbound for landing…’ and also I see ‘nn is in Final, runway xx’. The mistake is not the worst you can make, but please remember: since Approach hands you to Tower once you are established on the ILS, you report ‘inbound on the ILS…’. Makes sense?