Infinite Flight ATC Terms

This topic will explain all of the commands on Infinite Flight.
Open the drop-down boxes below for more information on each term.

Ground Control Commands

Request Taxi

Use “Request Taxi” for requesting movement whilist on the ground.
Taxi to “Active Runway” for taxing to the active runway.
Use the “Request Specific Runway” for requesting taxi to a runway that you would like to taxi to.
Use “Parking” when you have just landed and are fully clear of the runway or need to taxi back to the parking gate.

Request Pushback

The button that says “Send” is just to let the ground controller know that you are awaiting pusback in any direction to any runway.
Use “Request Specific Runway” to tell the ground controller that you want to pushback in the direction of a certian runway of your choosing.

Request Runway Crossing

Use "Request Runway Crossing when you are holding short of a runway but you want to cross it, not take off of it. Choose the runway that you would like to cross then await for the ground controller to examine and respont to your runway crossing request.


Use “Correction, Stand By” to let the controller know that you need to correct your previous transmission while simultaneously telling them to stand by while you pick the correct command to send. The same may come from ATC saying they made a mistake in their previous command and you should wait while they send you an updated one.

Misc. Messages

The Misc. Messages or Miscellaneous Messages to better communicate with ATC for example, if you wish to thank your controller for a nice flight, you would press “Thank You” or “Thank You Good Day” to thank him/her.

Tower Control Commands

Request Takeoff

Use this message when you are first in line holding short and ready for takeoff.

  • Request Takeoff Straight Out - Inform Tower you are requesting for takeoff intending to depart straight out, ±15 degrees heading from the centre line of the runway.
  • Request Takeoff North/South/East/West - Inform Tower you are Request takeoff while simultaneously telling them which direction you intend on leaving their airspace
  • Request Takeoff Remaining in the Pattern - Inform Tower you are requesting takeoff and intend on doing pattern work.
Announce Missed Approach

Announcing a missed approach lets the tower know that you missed the approach to the runway, say you didn’t intercept the localizer or something else went wrong with your approach, this command will let tower know.

Call Inbound
  • Call inbound for landing - Use this command when you are inbound for landing without approach open, or handed off from approach after receiving flight following services or radar vectors.
  • Call inbound on the ILS - Only use this command when you are cleared for an ILS approach by approach.
  • Call inbound on the Visual - Only use this command when you are inbound and cleared for a visual approach by approach.
Announce Go Around

This command is used to Inform Tower that you need to go around, meaning you will fly runway heading until you are past the runway threshold of the end runway you are going around. Most likely used in harsh wind conditions, or if they pilot is unable to make their attempt at landing.

Request Departure

This command informs Tower that you would like to depart from the their airspace and is only to be used if you are in the remaining in the pattern or inbound and would like to instead depart their airspace.

Report Position

Reporting position should be used if you need to inform Tower if you are remaining in the pattern and informing Tower you need to go full stop or need to correct a clearance to land touch and go. There are other rare cases where it could be used, but not noteworthy enough to state, use common sense. A request to land is always the required method and a report position command should never be a substitute if unnecessary.

Request Runway Change

This tells your tower controller that you would like to change your landing runway to a different one. If Ground instructs you to a certain runway, don’t request a change because it’s more convenient for you or your flight plan.

Request Transition

Request transition if you intend of flying through Tower’s airspace which is a 5nm radius around the airport with a ceiling of surface to 5000ft AAL (Above Aerodrome Elevation).

  • Use “Correction, Stand By” to let the controller know that you made a mistake and that you need them to stand by.
  • “Disregard Last Message” is used for letting the controller know that you pressed the wrong button on the last message transmitted by you.
Misc. Messages

The Misc. Messages or Miscellaneous Messages to better communicate with ATC for example, if you wish to thank your controller for a nice flight, you would press “Thank You” or “Thank You Good Day” to thank him/her.

Departure/Approach Commands

Request ILS/GPS Approach

The controller will tell you a runway to expect and vector you to the localizer for the runway assigned. Once you intercept the localizer at the appropriate altitude to intercept the glide slope, the controller will hand you off to Tower where you will “Call inbound on the ILS”.

Request Flight Following

This tells your controller that you would like to fly to the following airport in your flight plan.

Request Radar Vectors

You will be vectored to a recognisable position (e.g. downwind, base etc.), and before handed off to Tower at pattern altitude. If the runway which is in use has an instrument approach (ILS or GPS), the controller may vector you towards the localiser however the aircraft must not be cleared for an approach, but instead handed over to tower. Once handed off, request “Inbound to land”.

Request Altitude Change

Use this command when you would like to change altitude, tap “Request Altitude Change”, then tap the wanted altitude that you would like to either climb or decend to.

Check In

Check in for the following two reasons ONLY, as that is the only two purposes it serves in Infinite Flight:

Requesting Flight Following from the FIRST radar controller the you contact when you have an acceptable flight plan.

Advising a radar controller that they are on their frequency AFTER BEING
SWITCHED by a pervious radar controller.

Other/Global Terms

Stand By

This puts the controller on hold and lets them know that you are working on getting them information or answering their request.

Request Frequency Change

Request frequency change for the following reasons, only:

  • Need to switch to a uncontrolled or controlled airport’s frequency to land, and are not actively receiving a service from approach/departure.
  • Above or beyond a controller’s airspace. Approach and Departure’s airspace 50nm radius around the airport with a 18,000ft AAL ceiling. Tower airspace is a 5nm radius around the airport with a 5000ft AAL ceiling.

This post was created by: @Samivan_911 @Trio @racerclc @Captain_Zen


Lot of misinformation in this post in it’s current state, I’d love to help you edit it though if you’re willing. I’ll PM you, nice initiative to consolidate all the commands in a list like this!

Edit: We’re editing it, it’s now a wiki.

Edit 2: Looking better.


Ok, Ill be looking for it.

Thanks for making this guide! There are just some corrections you might want to make:

  • for requesting takeoff - please only request for takeoff when first in line. If the person in front of you hasn’t been cleared for takeoff, don’t request.
  • Requesting departure should only be used if you were flying patterns at the airport. You would request a departure if you would like to leave the pattern and fly away from the airport.
  • You generally only report your position if you’re on short final and Tower’s forgotten to clear you for landing. The requesting inbound command should be used when requesting landings. If Tower has cleared you to land, don’t report your position.
  • You request a transition if you are passing over an airport but don’t want to land there. The Tower controller will then respond with a minimum altitude you can fly at that doesn’t interfere with traffic at the airport (about 2,500-3,000 ft AAL). Only request a transition if you’re flying within 5-10 nm of the airport and are under 10,000 ft.
  • If you request radar vectors to an airport, the controller will vector you into a downwind/base/final leg for a runway and then hand you to Tower. See this picture for reference: image
  • Do not use Check In as a way of saying “hi” to the controller. See this topic: Saying "Hello" on Approach and the Real Use of Check In
  • Don’t request a frequency change after taking off, unless you are sure Tower had forgotten and are well outside their airspace. ATC is trained to give you a frequency change once you depart their airspace.

hi guys that information is so cool it’s very helpful I would like to ask another detail sometimes I flight on expert server…
So I’m trying to figure it out what is the ATC means when they put (ceiling 10,000)
If y’all can explain me I would really appreciate you.

Oh and a go around isn’t a 360… it’s a turn on DW and a second attempt. Not and immediate 360.

It’s good you try to help by making posts (edit: talking to the op here… @Samivan_911 ), though make sure of what you put in it. We don’t want to spread false information. Moreover there are the tutorials in #tutorials already. I’m pretty sure they cover all of this already. Adding information on one of those topics is much more needed in my opinion.


ATC is a vast subject and covering everything in one tutorial is tough. Especially if you want to keep it detailed and readable. I made an attempt of covering most of the basics one needs for the expert server in my topic here:

I tried to make a specific layout that was original I guess and intuitive. Seeing how you started out, what I’d encourage you to do is a system with drop downs that enables you to explain simply, then have a

Drop down

With more details and explanations for the ones that are unsure.


You can make several of them in the main one


Like that you keep a nice structure and formating though with a ton of information…hope that makes sense!


Suggest you add at the end of this “and are fully clear of the runway and the hold short line” as when to request taxi to parking is commonly confused.

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Thank you!

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Are you talking about transitions or something else?

I edited some of this, would you like me to add my name to the post?

For organizational purposes, I’d add what you edited. There’s a field to add the reason for your edit.

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I just added some information to some things

Same, a majority of the information has been edited so if you viewed this topic a few hours ago I’d suggest reading it again as the information has been corrected.

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There seems to be something that carries over from TS that has newly grade 3 pilots saying “stand by” immediately upon spawning. This is completely unnecessary. If you want to sit at the gate for an hour, go for it. We only need to know when you’re ready to push back.

(I don’t know if TS controllers are on you the second you spawn or what, but it’s not needed.)

5k feet AAL

Check In is not used when your nose is a mm past the cone on Approach. We haven’t forgotten you. First, you need some space to turn intercept. Second, the cone is a visual aid, it is not the beginning and end of the localizer.

“Airport in sight” is when actually being vectored for visual approach and the controller has asked you to report.

The airport is not in sight 50 nm away at FL220.

Also, and I had this happen this morning, if you request visual and are asked to report in sight and don’t, dont keep asking for a frequency change. We can’t clear you if you don’t report.


Intermission. I have to calm myself down.


Please also add that hold short and line up and wait are different… It’s surprising how many people don’t know this-

Hold short DOES NOT MEAN enter the runway. Do not enter the runway, stay behind the hold short line on the taxiway.

Line up and wait means enter the runway.

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I was on TS a few weeks ago and immediately after I spawned in, the ground controller told me to taxi to 25R and contact tower when ready ;)

Slight miss type? “Advising a radar controller that you are on his/her frequency”.

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Fixed that, thank you.