We have seen an increased number of advanced server pilots who are incorrectly using the “Remaining in the pattern” command when taking off. As a reminder, the “Remaining in the pattern” command should be used if you plan to take off, turn left/right, stay within the pattern altitude, and land at the same airport you just took off from. By asking to remain in the pattern, you are informing the ATC of your intentions and ATC will then slot you for landing. This command should NOT be used if you plan to travel to another airport.
When used incorrectly, this causes the ATC confusion when trying to maintain landing sequences. We then have to focus on you to see where you are going and whether or not to issue additional commands. This can be problematic in busy airports. Many advanced ATC will send the “Please check help pages…” command when we see you use the command incorrectly.
I ask for you to please take the extra few seconds to choose the correct command when taking off. Your ATC will appreciate it!
Since we are talking about reminders, please be sure to file flight plans in advanced as needed. You can see from the latest update screen shots that the ATC has more information at their fingertips on which airports need servicing. This gets populated by the use of flight plans. This will help the ATC adequately staff airports/regions as needed.
Thank you in advance for your time and dedication! Happy flying!