Good day, pilots and controllers! Hope you are well.
My question is
is pilot allowed to taxi on inactive runway (as defined in ATIS) without Controller’s permission?
One example is Gatwick Airport, in which runway 26R/08L is not used at all times.
Unused runway is marked with
red stripes and you can clearly see 4 aircrafts (showed in blue) which are holding short of 08R on 08L.
Is plane allowed to taxi on the runway with red and yellow markers, if ATIS allows takeoffs and landings on the green runway only?
Thanks for your time and happy flying!
Yes, in real life this runway is used for taxiing.
In IF we often don’t get this close to real life, and (IF)ATCs are not expected to know all real life procedures and ways airports are used.
So the best thing you can do in IF, is treat every runway for what it is: a runway. This means, you don’t enter a runway without ATC permission, and on landing, you cross this runway, not taxi on it.
I wouldn’t taxi on a runway ever unless told to back taxi
This is the
biggest, well to be honest only, problem I have with IFATS is that often they dont research the airport they are controllling which can cause some confusion and occasionaly issues (not to mention reduction in the relaity factor) especially when as a Pilot the first thing i do is research airport charts and the real life traffic flows.
as an example, something simular happened at NZQN (Queenstrown NZ) where IFATC was giving pattern instructions that would make a pilot crash into a mountain…
I was enjoying to fly around in NZ’s beautiful scenery a lot over last few days . During the ATC schedule day I focussed on NZQN because of its beautiful scenery and non-standard approach and pattern ( the figure of 8 pattern) . I use real online charts for my flying. Now when I approached NZQN on Sunday flying VFR from the north west through the beautiful valley tower requested me early to contact him. Fine. Then i got instructed to enter left base runway . Fine in principle. But my valle…
I don’t understand why this topic had to be made, especially as you know others have been created in the past. We’re way past the intial arguments- this is just silly.
Bottom line- unless it’s made into a taxiway, we’re using both. End of discussion.
Check Slack if you’re still unsure, Artem.
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