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Fraser Cooper

Hello all,

In response to a LOT of ATC feedback regarding this, I felt it necessary to post a reminder regarding EVERY controller's obligation/requirement to conduct a suitable handoff to the next controller.

I have personally seen this happen a lot recently and from the ATC Feedback received, many others have observed it too.

The main problem here seems to be with Ground Controllers who are logging on/off without ANY coordination, but applies to all controllers at all levels. Stating 'Closed' is not enough.

The minimum I would expect to hear from a controller who is closing is 'Closing Now, No Traffic to Effect'

However, there are many cases where people are logging off without coordinating with Tower/Approach/Area or whoever is covering the airfield top-down with traffic on the ground. I can not count how many times I have heard from pilots - "With you on taxiway Juliet, ground seems to have logged off, request taxi".

It takes a few seconds to let the next controller what is going on.

- Aircraft who are cleared

- Aircraft pushing

- Aircraft Taxiing

This would be an example of handover from GND to Approach:


"Pass your message"

"Closing now, are you ready for handoff?

"Affirm, go ahead"

"Roger, all cleared except SHT2P. BAW26GT is pushing west, EZY12RF is taxiing to A3 and GLARS has just called for start for the VFR circuit"

(If handing over to a new ground controller, you would also include the ATIS, Runway in use and what adjacent control was also online)

"That is all coped, thank you"

"Ok, all aircraft coming to you on 126.825 now, Bye"

If you are are opening/closing, all coordination should be done via Teamspeak whenever possible.


If you are ever unsure, ask questions! If you don't know something, find an answer. There many mentors/instructions in VATUK and we are all here to help when needed.

Edited by Fraser Cooper

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