Prevent Runway Requests From Switching From Approved Runway

Often, when Approach clears a pilot for a specific runway, that pilot, whether they miss the intercept or just plain want a different runway, will request a runway for which they were not cleared.

If Tower does not catch the flight strip prior to this request, the runway indicated on the strip changes to the requested runway, rather than the runway for which Approach has cleared them. This can lead to incursions and separation issues if Tower is unaware that a switch was made.

I think it the flight strip should always.indicate the runway for which they were cleared, whether that’s in addition to the requested runway or in lieu of it.

This will prevent Tower from having to guess whether or not the pilot was actually cleared for the runway they’re requesting. [Most of the time, Tower is able to see the strips as they are handed off, but obviously, there are times where they have to switch to ground or look away for a moment to manage another plane.]


Remember to post it here too :-)


Someone else has also pointed out this problem in a previous thread I believe, but I can’t seem to find it. If anyone else knows the thread it would be good to link it here and see what the result of the discussion was. I agree it’s an annoying problem

EDIT: I believe it was a specific thread to this problem, not just in the link posted directly above

Thanks guys. I posted it in the other thread. If a mod wants close this as duplicate, go ahead.

I searched before posting, but it’s hard to spend 30 minutes hoping you happen upon the right keyword.

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The other topic isn’t a request, so it’s fine to have a seperate topic.