A common misconception of ATC trainees is that you must consistently tell aircraft the direction of traffic to make when you clear them, even if you’re not changing the direction. You do not always need to do this.
When To Tell Aircraft "After the Option, Make xx Traffic"
You’re planning on changing their direction of traffic to make.
Example: They’re currently making right traffic on right downwind, and after the touch&go you want to change them to left downwind. You then tell them “After the option, make left Traffic.” Once they’re on left downwind you do not need to keep telling them to make left traffic.
You’re changing their runway.
Example: VIC08 is making right traffic on Runway 18R. You want to switch him to Runway 18L.
- This is their first touch&go from calling inbound. You can use the image above as an example, just replace the runway change request with an inbound for touch&go request.
When Not to Tell an Aircraft "After the Option, Make xx Traffic"
- They’re already doing touch&goes on the same runway and the same direction of traffic.
Example: VIC08 was cleared for takeoff 18R and was told to make right traffic. You do not need to keep telling him “After the option, make right traffic”
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As always if you have any questions or concerns don’t be afraid to ask.