I hope everyone is doing well. My name is Capt Evan, and I am one of the IFATC controllers. I want to take a few moments to remind everyone of some things about the takeoff process.
I will be using EGLL, London Heathrow, as an example. Let’s pretend that I am using 09L and 09R. As we all know, this airport becomes extremely busy quite quickly on expert sever. As mentioned in previous topics, this is why we cannot use one runway for landing and one for takeoff. Back to the point, with some many inbounds, it can be tricky to get all of our departures out in a timely fashion.
Often times at this airport, we will utilize the lineup and wait command first. Let’s pretend that an airplane has just landed and is exiting the runway in about 5 seconds. With the next arrival established on the localizer about 6-7 nm away, we need you to be ready to takeoff so we can get as many departures out as possible. Immediately once the plane exists, you will likely be cleared for IMMEDIATE takeoff. This means that you cannot sit on the runway for 30 seconds to check your fuel and other stuff. We need you to takeoff right away so we can get our departures out. This is especially true when a plane is on short final and we have limited time. Sometimes, a plane will sit on the runway for 30 seconds despite being told to takeoff Immediately, and this has caused go arounds.
So, here is what I am asking from you:
- Only request takeoff when you are ready! All your fuel calculations should be done before you pushback, not on the runway. It is not okay to sit on the runway for 30 seconds then go. We will tell you to expedite.
- Observe what other aircraft are being instructed to do. If the 5 aircraft ahead of you are being cleared for immediate takeoff, you should plan on it too.
- When told to takeoff immediately, please takeoff ASAP.
- Please do not request a frequency change immediately after takeoff; we will give it you.
Finally, when ATIS has rolling departures, this is another time when you cannot wait to takeoff. You will not be instructed to first line up. Thank you.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. This will help out the other controllers and I a lot. It will also allow for a better IF experience for everyone.