Military Units

Standard Procedures
Ground SOP


(The clearance will always be given on taxi)

Start up:

– Callsign – Runway information (Runway in use) – Region Information (Weather, QFE) – QNH – Outside Air Temperature – Surface Winds – Request Persons on boardTaxi: – Taxi to holding point…. – Runway…. – Via…. Dispersal (or read taxiways) – QFE….

Clearance IFR:

Check with area/app and deliver as instructed if not applicable see below:

– Cleared limit – Altitude/FL – Squawk

Clearance VFR:

No clearance required but climb instructions are required, also climb limits if possible conflicting traffic.

– Give local area QNH and Transition Altitude – Request from pilot there after departure: heading, level and intentions – Contact appropriate unit for authorisation (APP/CTR) – Pass details to pilot (“Correct”) – Inform pilot to report at hold ready for departure

Taxi in:

– Callsign – Instruct where to leave the runway – Issue taxi instructions to appropriate parking area, progressive taxi if required – Request shut down notification

Tower SOP

Take Off:

Line up and hold if necessary

  1. Callsign
  2. Cleared take-off
  3. Surface winds

Circuit Procedures:

  1. Ask pilot to report downwind with intentions
  2. Give circuit state (1 ahead etc or circuit clear)
  3. Give surface winds and inform to report on finals

(If pilot does not give gear state confirm down & green)

  1. Clear to land as normal


  1. Ask pilot to confirm gear state (Gear down & green)
  2. Callsign
  3. Cleared to land
  4. Surface Winds


– Ask pilot to confirm gear state (Gear down & green)
– Callsign
– Continue (instead of winds etc)
– Cleared to land

Hand aircraft to ground when vacated or taxi to dispersal. See ground document.

Approach/Radar SOP

ILS Approach:

  1. Callsign
  2. Runway
  3. Colour code (Military weather info)
  4. Report established
  5. Report “glidepath descending” and gear down

(See Landing Section now)

VFR Approach:

  • Callsign
  • Runway
  • Colour code (Military Weather info)
  • Hand off to Tower when appropriate