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Created 12/31/2015 23:44
Last Updated 11/24/2020 22:29
by Skylar Hutter

RUNWAY CROSSING COORDINATION AND PHRASEOLOGY

I. Preface

Note: This document is and may not be used for real-world ATC training. It is intended for use by controllers in the VATSIM network.

Purpose: This Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) outlines the procedures to be used by all ZSE controllers to understand and apply positive controller coordination on scenarios depicting a runway crossing from one point to another.

For the following document, an "active runway" is defined as any runway or runways currently being used for takeoff or landing. When multiple runways are used, they are all considered active runways.

II. Usage and Crossing of Active Runways

The local controller has primary responsibility for operations conducted on the active runway(s) and must control the use of those runways to allow for the safe and expeditious flow of traffic. Positive coordination between controllers with bordering controlled surface areas (Tower/Local and Ground Control on the VATSIM Network) must be established before allowing any person, aircraft, or vehicle to enter an active runway. It is important to remember that an aircraft may only be instructed to cross a single runway at a time. Multiple runway crossings should be handled as multiple transmissions stating so.

  1. Ground control must obtain approval from local control before authorizing an aircraft or a vehicle to cross or use any portion of an active runway. The coordination shall include the point/intersection at the runway where the operation will occur.

PHRASEOLOGY- CROSS (runway) AT (point/intersection).

  1. When the local controller authorizes another controller to cross an active runway, the local controller shall verbally specify the runway to be crossed and the point/intersection at the runway where the operation will occur preceded by the word “cross.”

PHRASEOLOGY- CROSS (runway) AT (point/intersection).

  1. The ground controller shall advise the local controller when the coordinated runway operation is complete. This may be accomplished verbally or through text.

The usage of this positive coordination and control may be omitted if previous coordination with the local controller has resulted in establishing a "blanket crossing" for any particular runway. This means that the ground controller may taxi and cross any person, aircraft, or vehicle on the runway except at points where it may intersect with runways in use. When crossing or taxiing an aircraft over a route that requires them to cross to arrive at their destination, use the phraseology established above after offering taxi instructions.

III. Usage and Crossing of Inactive Runways

Inactive runways may be treated as common movement surfaces and the ground controller may taxi and cross any person, aircraft, or vehicle on the runway except at points where it may intersect with runways in use. When crossing or taxiing an aircraft over a route that requires them to cross to arrive at their destination, use the phraseology established above after offering taxi instructions.

IV. Research and Reference Material

FAA JO 7110.65X Chapter 3 Section 1 and Section 7

PCG R-7. Runway in Use/Active Runway/Duty Runway