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6/17/21 

Pilot/Controller Glossary 

EXPECT DEPARTURE CLEARANCE TIME 
(EDCT)

 The runway release time assigned to an 

aircraft in a traffic management program and shown 
on the flight progress strip as an EDCT. 

(See GROUND DELAY PROGRAM.) 

EXPECT FURTHER CLEARANCE (TIME)

 The 

time a pilot can expect to receive clearance beyond a 
clearance limit. 

EXPECT FURTHER CLEARANCE VIA (AIR-
WAYS, ROUTES OR FIXES)

  Used to inform a 

pilot of the routing he/she can expect if any part of the 
route beyond a short range clearance limit differs 
from that filed. 

EXPEDITE

  Used by ATC when prompt com-

pliance is required to avoid the development of an 
imminent situation. Expedite climb/descent normal-
ly indicates to a pilot that the approximate best rate 
of climb/descent should be used without requiring an 
exceptional change in aircraft handling characteris-
tics. 

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