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Departure Procedures

that you confirm a takeoff clearance rather than

mistake another aircraft’s clearance for your own.

g. When ATC issues intersection “line up and

wait” and takeoff clearances, the intersection

designator will be used. If ATC omits the intersection

designator, call ATC for clarification.


Aircraft: “Cherokee 234AR, Runway 24L at November 4,

line up and wait.”

h. If landing traffic is a factor during line up and

wait operations, ATC will inform the aircraft in

position of the closest traffic within 6 flying miles

requesting a full−stop, touch−and−go, stop−and−go,

or an unrestricted low approach to the same runway.

Pilots should take care to note the position of landing

traffic. ATC will also advise the landing traffic when

an aircraft is authorized to “line up and wait” on the

same runway.


Tower: “Cessna 234AR, Runway 24L, line up and wait.

Traffic a Boeing 737, six mile final.”

Tower: “Delta 1011, continue, traffic a Cessna 210

holding in position Runway 24L.”


ATC will normally withhold landing clearance to arrival

aircraft when another aircraft is in position and holding on

the runway.

i. Never land on a runway that is occupied by

another aircraft, even if a landing clearance was

issued. Do not hesitate to ask the controller about the

traffic on the runway and be prepared to execute a



Always clarify any misunderstanding or confusion

concerning ATC instructions or clearances. ATC should be

advised immediately if there is any uncertainty about the

ability to comply with any of their instructions.

5−2−6. Abbreviated IFR Departure

Clearance (Cleared. . .as Filed) Procedures

a. ATC facilities will issue an abbreviated IFR

departure clearance based on the ROUTE of flight

filed in the IFR flight plan, provided the filed route

can be approved with little or no revision. These

abbreviated clearance procedures are based on the

following conditions:

1. The aircraft is on the ground or it has departed

visual flight rules (VFR) and the pilot is requesting

IFR clearance while airborne.

2. That a pilot will not accept an abbreviated

clearance if the route or destination of a flight plan

filed with ATC has been changed by the pilot or the

company or the operations officer before departure.

3. That it is the responsibility of the company or

operations office to inform the pilot when they make

a change to the filed flight plan.

4. That it is the responsibility of the pilot to

inform ATC in the initial call-up (for clearance) when

the filed flight plan has been either:

(a) Amended, or
(b) Canceled and replaced with a new filed

flight plan.


The facility issuing a clearance may not have received the

revised route or the revised flight plan by the time a pilot

requests clearance.

b. Controllers will issue a detailed clearance when

they know that the original filed flight plan has been

changed or when the pilot requests a full route


c. The clearance as issued will include the

destination airport filed in the flight plan.

d. ATC procedures now require the controller to

state the DP name, the current number and the DP

transition name after the phrase “Cleared to

(destination) airport” and prior to the phrase, “then as

filed,” for ALL departure clearances when the DP or

DP transition is to be flown. The procedures apply

whether or not the DP is filed in the flight plan.

e. STARs, when filed in a flight plan, are

considered a part of the filed route of flight and will

not normally be stated in an initial departure

clearance. If the ARTCC’s jurisdictional airspace

includes both the departure airport and the fix where

a STAR or STAR transition begins, the STAR name,

the current number and the STAR transition name

MAY be stated in the initial clearance.

f. “Cleared to (destination) airport as filed” does

NOT include the en route altitude filed in a flight plan.

An en route altitude will be stated in the clearance or

the pilot will be advised to expect an assigned or filed

altitude within a given time frame or at a certain point

after departure. This may be done verbally in the

departure instructions or stated in the DP.