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Class D Arrival IFR

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Airspace, General Aviation, Instrument Rating, Private Pilot

When arriving at a class d airport on an IFR flight plan, what information is passed from approach to the tower? For example, does the tower know your position, altitude, approach request, etc?


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    Mark Kolber on Sep 28, 2017

    Since it hasn’t been answered yet, I’ll take a stab.

    “Approach request” is kind of a misnomer. Approach issues clearances for instrument approach so any request would go to Approach, not to Tower (“local IFR” situations in which you ask a Tower to set things up for a departure and approach back in excepted).

    But yes, Approach will inform Tower of your location and the approach you are flying – IAP or visual) so they can coordinate sequencing. It’s a two-way conversation, passing enough information back and forth so both can do their jobs. That can change depending on separation requirements, radar availability and other factors.

    For a preview of what is involved, head over to the ATC Handbook. Start at paragraphs 2-1-14 through -16 dealing with the coordination of handoffs and check some of the cross-references from those.

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