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.
Surely this happens a lot, but I think it’s because people easily arrive at the expert server without any experience or at least without having enough time in the training server to learn at least how to communicate with ATC, I’ve seen people with only 20 flights accomplished and innumerous landing and is already in the expert.
You should not take too long to send your request to tower as they might already have plans to get you departed on a gap they got from arrivals, IF isn’t Real Life where you would need to make thorough checklists while holding short, but I’m sure @lurker can elaborate on what i mean.
Yes, thanks for this much needed clarification. I feel like some people misinterpret “contact tower when ready” as a clearance to switch to the tower whenever they feel like it- even when they are 3000ft away XD. Perhaps the command should say “Taxi to runway xx, contact tower when ready at the runway or end of the line” to help clarify things in game.