This means you taxi to the hold short line at the assigned runway and you then change to the tower frequency. The nose of the plane should not cross the hold short line. If your front wheel is on the line it means you are too far and it’s a runway incursion.
This does not mean:
- Taxi towards the runway and when you are 3000 feet away, change to tower.
Why? They ground controller may still need to issue you a give way command or change instructions due to ground traffic.
- Taxi towards the runway and request frequency change.
Why? You were already instructed to change frequency. Get to hold short line or end of the line and then change frequency. You don’t have to ask
- Ignore ATC when they tell you to stay on their frequency
We are not looking to play tag between tower and ground controllers. Please just follow instructions.