Hello IFC, I have a short but very important note on communicating with ATC. I just ended a 90 minute session controlling at GCLP. During the session, I counted 9 times that an aircraft said it was going to remain in the pattern.
But alas - only 2 of them actually remained in the pattern.
You ONLY say remaining in the pattern if you are going to do this:
Or, even better, this!
Communicating your intentions correctly are even more critical when there is a controller taking departures, like today. Departures were mainly using one runway and therefore did not have a lot of space between them, so getting them to the radar controller immediately after takeoff was important if spacing became a problem. However, aircraft do not go to the radar controller if they stay in the pattern. When the tower controller mistakenly treats them as if they’re in the pattern, the result is confusion and possibly conflicts. You could have one departure 5NM from the field at a reasonable speed assigned by radar and the next one catching up to it from behind still on tower because we believed you’re doing pattern work.
So, when you are not doing pattern work, all you need to do is say: "Ready for Takeoff, Departing straight out/north/south/east/west. Hope this helps!