Yesterday while controlling TFFR, I realized many aircraft wanted to backtaxi knowing they had enough TODA (Takeoff Distance Available) from their position. For example: there were about 5000 feet of runway from the hold short point, and a Cessena wanted a full backtaxi, which is highly unecessary when ATC is trying to expedite departures.
How It Works - While holding short, the next aircraft for takeoff will advise the controller if a backtaxi is required. This message will be added in the same takeoff request. Example: "Infinite Flight 1 is ready for takeoff at runway 12, departing North, backtaxi requested/required or “Infinite Flight 1 is ready for takeoff at runway 12, departing north, backtaxi not needed.” The wording can be switched around for clarification purposes.
The second option is the controller asks the pilot whether or not he/she needs to backtaxi. ATC would then say, “Cleared for takeoff, backtaxi not required, intersection departure approved.”
How This Helps - As I mentioned earlier, this ATC option would help controllers organize their departures better. Let’s say the TODA available from the hold short point is 7,000 feet. The B747 can backtaxi while the A320 behind it can takeoff. 2 departures instead of 1.
What do you guys and gals think? How would you change this?