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Topic: "Line Up" Vs "To Position" In Canada
Username: RomeoMike
Posted 2008-03-31 21:27:09 and read 3016 times.

On April 10th, tower controllers in Canada will be changing standard phraseology from "Taxi to position runway XX" to "Line up runway XX" in order to conform to the ICAO standard. I just have a couple of questions regarding this for my pilot friends:

a) For American pilots, particularly those who fly trans-border routes frequently -- are you aware this change is coming? if so, how is this information distributed? Knowing how these bureaucracies work, it wouldn't surprise me at all to learn that no one knows about it  Smile

b) Is this the standard throughout Europe and the rest of the world? I understand it's the way ICAO wants it, but I'm wondering if it's implemented everywhere, and if not, is "taxi to position" the only other commonly used phrase?

c) For pilots who hear both on a regular basis, are there any particular problems with one or the other that you notice? (aside from the obvious education issues that come with a change like this)

My initial reaction is that it seems like a change for the better, but that's based solely on what I've read, not on any experience (my own or others'). Appreciate your comments!  Smile

Topic: RE: "Line Up" Vs "To Position" In Canada
Username: BoeingOnFinal
Posted 2008-03-31 22:33:35 and read 3000 times.

Quoting RomeoMike (Thread starter):
For American pilots, particularly those who fly trans-border routes frequently -- are you aware this change is coming?

Not trying to come off as an American, but I can answer this anyway. Any pilot flying to a foreign country has to check up on national law. This is done by checking the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP), specifically the GEN section for a list of differences from the ICAO standards (for ICAO contracting states, which most countries are).
Pilots also check up on NOTAMs, which are Notice to Airmen. These notes provide info on aeronautical facility, service, procedure or hazard that need to be notified quickly to pilots.
We also check something called Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC), which contain information on the long-term forecast of any major change in legislation, regulations, procedures or facilities. Here you will find info on the topic in question. Due to being a known change, it is easily forecasted and can be notified quite some time in advance.

Link to the AIC published on this topic

We do use that phraseology in Norway as well. I have not flown anywhere else in Europe so I cannot speak for the rest, but it is individually decided by each Civil Aviation Authority if they want to practice the ICAO SAPRS (Standard and recommended practices) or not.

I did not see that you where an ATC untill now, so my explanation might be a bit basic.  Smile
I thought the ATC's had to be pretty updated on this stuff too? Might be easier with only one region, zone or area to relate to.

[Edited 2008-03-31 22:38:56]

Topic: RE: "Line Up" Vs "To Position" In Canada
Username: Zeke
Posted 2008-04-01 00:49:28 and read 2976 times.



Quoting RomeoMike (Thread starter):
Is this the standard throughout Europe and the rest of the world?

Yes

Quoting RomeoMike (Thread starter):
is "taxi to position" the only other commonly used phrase?

Taxi into position and hold is common

Quoting RomeoMike (Thread starter):
c) For pilots who hear both on a regular basis, are there any particular problems with one or the other that you notice? (aside from the obvious education issues that come with a change like this)

Very difficult for non native english speakers to say "call sign taxi into position and hold runway 33", "line up runway 33" is easier, both for them to pronounce, and for people to understand.

Topic: RE: "Line Up" Vs "To Position" In Canada
Username: Tb727
Posted 2008-04-01 06:46:52 and read 2922 times.

Quoting RomeoMike (Thread starter):
a)

The FAA sent out an email regarding the change as well as my Director of Ops to all the pilots in the company. Lucky me, I got it twice surprisingly!

Quoting RomeoMike (Thread starter):
b)

Pose and hold and line up and wait are the only two I can think of ever hearing and I've heard it mixed throughout non-US airports strangely enough.


Canada just seems to be changing to be like everyone else as usual. Be yourself Canada! Don't let ICAO push you around!


Personally, I don't like "line up and wait" I think it sounds kind of dumb, but that's just me.

[Edited 2008-04-01 06:50:02]

Topic: RE: "Line Up" Vs "To Position" In Canada
Username: Alias1024
Posted 2008-04-01 08:11:35 and read 2883 times.



Quoting RomeoMike (Thread starter):
a) For American pilots, particularly those who fly trans-border routes frequently -- are you aware this change is coming? if so, how is this information distributed?

Distributed to all pilots at my company through a bulletin via company email.

Quoting RomeoMike (Thread starter):
c) For pilots who hear both on a regular basis, are there any particular problems with one or the other that you notice?

I actually prefer the ICAO way. I don't like that "position and hold" and "hold short" both have the same word. It's more likely to cause confusion, leading to a runway incursion.

Topic: RE: "Line Up" Vs "To Position" In Canada
Username: RomeoMike
Posted 2008-04-01 08:12:46 and read 2883 times.

BoeingOnFinal, we are updated on this stuff... but it's all through internal ops bulletins. I work for NavCanada, so of course the documents you refer to are available as well, but changes are brought to our attention with specific memos telling us about them -- these memos must be signed off on before you sit down to work each day. That's why I was curious in how pilots get the info and whether they had a similar system (beyond NOTAMs). Your answer was very helpful, thanks  

We're specifically told not to use the phrase "and hold" I guess due to that possible confusion. Someone also told me that it had on occasion been confused for "Taxi to position and roll" which of course has never been said, but apparently a pilot figured it meant he or she was cleared to go  Smile I'm not sure I believe that story -- you know how the rumours fly in this industry  Smile

Thanks for the input guys.

[Edited 2008-04-01 08:19:24]

Topic: RE: "Line Up" Vs "To Position" In Canada
Username: BoeingOnFinal
Posted 2008-04-01 08:19:24 and read 2878 times.



Quoting RomeoMike (Reply 5):
BoeingOnFinal, we are updated on this stuff... but it's all through internal ops bulletins. I work for NavCanada, so of course the documents you refer to are available as well, but changes are brought to our attention with specific memos telling us about them -- these memos must be signed off on before you sit down to work each day.

I did not know that, thank you for that info.

Topic: RE: "Line Up" Vs "To Position" In Canada
Username: Pilotpip
Posted 2008-04-01 09:03:48 and read 2863 times.

We had a company memo on our website that was listed as "must read". If we haven't read those messages we don't get to go to work and get to do a lot of carpet dancing.


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