i am an experienced IF pilot and also one in meatspace. When approaching a Class Bravo field on an IFR STAR with active tower, I am often asked to “say intentions,” and then wind up getting my thumbs wrapped when I ask the controller to standby. Recently, I was flying 737-9 with bobby k, a fine controller, at the helm in the tower.
I was on a left downwind course at 6,000 when asked for intentions. In a Class B in meatspace, The Class D jurisdiction is 3-4000 ft and 3 miles from the airport. I was on an initial approach to the IAF and then planned a turn to the final course, where my intention was to chime into the tower that I was on the ILS for 19L.
Bobby told me to enter left downwind even though I was IFR. I wanted to alert him to my IFR status by selecting “On the ILS,” but Ive done that before, and gotten my knuckles wrapped.
Calling “inbound on the ILS” would be correct for a call more than three miles out on the final approach course. That would be proper approach procedure for meatspace. The tower has no jurisdiction at 6,000 ft, even in a Class B. Your thoughts here