New ATC Runway Clearances Take Effect June 30

 - June 22, 2010, 12:10 PM

As of June 30, pilots can expect to receive different runway crossing clearances from ATC, according to the FAA. Starting then, controllers will be required to issue specific clearances for each runway the airplane crosses or operates on. Departing aircraft will no longer receive the familiar “taxi to” instruction, which allowed pilots to cross all runways en route to the intended takeoff runway. Instead, the new clearances will start with the assigned runway and then specify taxi route and any initial runway crossing and/or hold-short instructions. As an example, the former “Taxi to Runway 14 via Echo, Delta, Bravo” would be replaced with “Runway 14, taxi via Echo, Delta, Bravo, cross Runway 17, hold short of Runway 18.” Controllers will no longer issue multiple runway-crossing clearances at the same time, unless the distance between two runway centerlines is less than 1,000 feet. The FAA urges that if pilots are in doubt about whether they have permission to cross a runway, they should stop before crossing the holding-position marking and contact ATC.