A general request. When I see an ATC controlled airport, I often like to pick GA or Cargo, and will pick a spot that may not need a pushback. I can then choose anything from a C172 to a 747 space and airport dependant. Anywhoo, after I file my flight plan, if I dont need to push back, I will request TAXI. Most Ground ATC’s force a response Pushback Approved.
- That is not the correct response. You cannot give an answer to a question the person did not ask for. I asked to taxi, ad you say pushback approved. I did not ask for a pushback. Thats like saying I want to taxi, and you are cleared for take off. Conflicting instructions.
- There are times that a pushback is not required based on aircraft type and location.
I would ask that ground keep an eye out on what the aircraft is, and where it is in the airport before responding with a pushback approval is not requested.