In most airports, at least controlled ones, aircraft are given a runway assignment prior to pushback. This, as far as I know, is done during the IFR clearance, and pilots can call up saying “Test Flight 1234 requesting IFR clearance to Los Angeles, unable runway 29/requesting runway 31” This was brought to my attention yesterday in Dublin, when I was flying out with a 93% load (96% fuel) on a 737-800, flying as Nortrans 1842 from DUB-SWF, and the controller gave me runway 34, which I would’ve been physically unable to take due to weight. I requested a taxi to runway 10 twice, and PMed the controller on the IFC before he finally agreed to let me go to 10. There should be an option to do something that would happen to this effect in at least 1 of these 3 ways:
Runway request in pushback call.
Pilots should have the ability to call with a specific runway request when they request their pushback. It could work something like this: “Test Flight 1234, ready for pushback, requesting runway 31”
Pilots should be able to say “Unable” to a taxi call. For example: “Test Flight 1234, taxi to runway 29, contact tower when ready” “Unable, Test Flight 1234.” with the possibility of an additional “Requesting runway 31” or a simple call up with the command that is already in the game “Test Flight 1234, ready to taxi to runway 31”
Since we don’t have IFR clearance, this should be a good opportunity to give a pre-flight page or something like that, where the pilot could fill out their expected initial cruise altitude and speed and all that good stuff, just for information should ATC need it. This could include a runway request and/or a list of runways they are unable or unwilling to use.
Hopefully this can be considered, and maybe even added at some point! Thanks!
The title for this may have been a little misleading, as I know there is a “Request Specific Runway” option for taxi, but I couldn’t think of what else to name it.