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    Cleared for immediate take off?

    Is "Cleared for immediate take off" approved phraseology?
    I think I've seen it before in the 7110.65 but now I can't find it. Has anyone else heard of that or seen it? If so where?
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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    The phrase "cleared for takeoff" and "immediate" are both approved...so putting them together is probably not a problem. I have seen controllers here use it, but I have never said that when clearing an a/c for takeoff. I just try to prep all of the a/c prior to departure..you say to an a/c, "traffic inside 3 miles, runway whatever position and hold...be ready to go...that usually lets him know you aren't messing around..I have even heard controllers say to a/c, start spooling them up, next time you here your callsign, I need you rolling...I have never said that...but I have found, as long as you give the pilot all the pieces of the puzzle and prep them adequately, you should be alright.

    If something happens where they take their time on the runway....I will use something non-standard like "I need you rolling now." You can use the word "immediate" anytime expeditous compliance is required to avoid and immenent situation right? I think that's what it says in the .65

    Hope this helps...but to answer your original question, I don't think that exact phraseology is in the .65, they are under two separate areas.

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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    Check the attachment to see what can happen if you use the word Immediate
    (this is one of THE BEST things I've heard from Pilot/ATC transmissions)

    But to answer your question, in ICAO phraseology, you can indeed use the instruction "cleared for immediate takeoff" but before that you should use: "Callsign, are you ready for IMMEDIATE departure, traffic is...."

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    P.S. Check ICAO Doc 4444, Chapter 12 - Phraseology for clarification.
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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    To expand...I don't think I would use immediate on an initial transmission to clear an a/c for takeoff....the pilot might not want an immediate departure and though it is the pilot's responsibility to tell you otherwise, you might be suckering him into doing something that he really wasn't ready for.

    I always ask the pilot...Traffic is on a 1 mile and 5 mile final, I'll get you out in between, will you be ready? If the pilot says yes, then I would position and hold when I got the chance....if the a/c on final now seems to become an issue I would tell the aircraft, cleared for takeoff, expedite departure, traffic inside 2 miles...if he wasn't rolling within a reasonable time I could see either using the word immediate or canceling his takeoff clearance.

    Just make sure you always give the pilots all the pieces of the puzzle because if something were to happen, though you might have done things correctly, you don't want anything falling back on you for trying to rush someone that wasn't ready.

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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    I've used immediate but if I had time to ask the pilot if he could make it or not I wouldnt bother.

    traffic X mile final, rwy 23R, cleared for take off or hold short is legal.

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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    They are instructed to use immediate at the Academy but you just can't give a Heavy an immediate take-off clearance. But they also are not supposed to give departures wake turbulence advisories, just arrivals. So who knows.

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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    I can't recall where it is at in the .65 off the top of my head, but I believe you can issue cautionary wake turbulence advisories any time you feel that it could have an adverse effect on the a/c involved. So that means you could say caution wake turbulence for a departure behind a departure.

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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    Quote Originally Posted by LawnGnome View Post
    ..I have even heard controllers say to a/c, start spooling them up, next time you here your callsign, I need you rolling...
    I've had to say that a few times.

    BTW... "cleared for immediate take off or hold short" use to be in the .65 I can't find it now, it must have been removed.
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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    Quote Originally Posted by Towerboss View Post
    BTW... "cleared for immediate take off or hold short" use to be in the .65 I can't find it now, it must have been removed.
    that was a good deletion from the book. one of the stupid things we had at our disposal. didn't make much sense. every single time i had used it, of course the pilot said cleared for takeoff. at least half the time, if not more, i had to send the other guy around. were controllers and should have enough sense to know when something will work and when it will not. or at least get really close to the minimum sep. go arounds are still allowed and cool, just don't use it as a first option.

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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    Yeah I think I've only used "cleared for immediate take off or hold short" once. It didn't work out so well. That was at the beginning of my FAA career.
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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    you should only use cleared for immediate or hold short if you know its going to work if he rolls. Its to let him know roll or hold short without wasting time asking if he can roll.

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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    Worked great in the military environment, not so much with cessnas! They do nothing immediately other than foul your runway when you need them clear.

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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    The other day I was working in my Class D tower during a busy stretch. The undermanned arrival control position at my facility was busy enough to the point to where they were missing verbal inbounds, which is the only way I receive them. A Northwest Airlines jet was holding short for traffic at least ten minutes when I saw a hole for his departure. (KC-135 4 mile final, which I gave him traffic on) I asked if he could accept an immediate instead of clearing him for the immediate or hold short. The tower supervisor at the time chewed me out after we slowed down for doing so. He said that was a definite "clear for immediate take off or hold short" situation. Northwest, by the way, departed with out breaking two increasing to three within one minute of departure separation. Would you agree with my actions or not?

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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    I totally agree with you xprtmarksman. Unless, the NWA was a heavy. Then no.

    I've even used "be ready for an immediate in about 20 seconds". That way when I need the immediate it won't be a total surprise. I've seen someone use this nifty little beauty.

    Callsign, proceed on runway XX and begin taxi down the runway, traffic 3 mile final, additional traffic landing roll will be exiting in 10 seconds, expect departure clearance in 11 seconds and I need you airborne in 12 seconds.

    no kidding i heard that and about wanted to laugh. knew what he was doing and didn't necessarily agree but got the guy out. i won't say who it was or where it happened, just that it did. of course he didn't really need him airborne in 12 seconds, was just the message he was trying portray. totally illegal and awesome.

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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    wait until you get ASDE-X with safety logic....it categorizes any a/c over 44 mph or whatever you set it to as a departure...so if you have someone exiting the runway and say something like that....as soon as your departure hits 44 mph and the tail of that a/c is not off the runway on the ASDE-X display...you get a loud girl telling you, "WARNING, RWYXX OCCUPIED." Then...OKC, DC and another facility get an automatic report of what just happened...and there is nothing you can do about it...except wait for a phone call....

    all that said...I don't mind the ASDE-X with safety logic....seems to be working ok so far.

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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    It was in Para 3-9-9. It was taken out when the change regarding "Cross Runway (#)" was put in. Not so great for a sunny Saturday at a towered GA airport. Definitely slows the flow of departures.

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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    Any time I was cleared for immediate take off, my response was, "November soandso, rolling". I knew the controller didn't want any screwing around.

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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    The thought of not being able to give a heavy an immediate take off is incorrect. You can not give him a rolling take-off. It doesn't say you can't issue a clearance for an imediate take-off. I know it is a play on words but completely legal. You have not solicited nor have you cleared him for a rolling.

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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wrooster View Post
    The thought of not being able to give a heavy an immediate take off is incorrect. You can not give him a rolling take-off. It doesn't say you can't issue a clearance for an imediate take-off. I know it is a play on words but completely legal. You have not solicited nor have you cleared him for a rolling.
    wow...never thought of it that way. totally agree now that i think of it. the .65 only says no ROLLING takeoffs. it does NOT say IMMEDIATE takeoff. excellent observation.

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    Re: Cleared for immediate take off?

    You should only use immediate or immediately to avoid an imminent situation.

    You should never willingly and knowingly put an aircraft in a situation where it has to immediately take action to avoid an imminent situation!

    Saying "cleared for immediate takeoff" is a misapplication of the rule.

    2-1-5. EXPEDITIOUS COMPLIANCE

    a. Use the word “immediately" only when expeditious compliance is required to avoid an imminent situation.

    b. Use the word “expedite" only when prompt compliance is required to avoid the development of an imminent situation. If an “expedite" climb or descent clearance is issued by ATC, and subsequently the altitude to maintain is changed or restated without an expedite instruction, the expedite instruction is canceled.

    c. In either case, if time permits, include the reason for this action.

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