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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 7:22 pm 
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Here's a short question, when a pilot requests direct his destination, despite a possible lengthy route on the progress strip and ATC approves that request instantly, do controllers actually see much further ahead on radar than just their sector to make that split second decision? Or does ATC say yes right away, and hotline the next sectors to 'really' check?

FSS wannabe, just curious about stuff, that's all

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:21 pm 
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Depends on a bunch of different things. There are some direct routes that controllers use every day, and they know what the next sector will accept. It also depends on whether the next sector has been given the estimate, how far the aircraft is from the next sector, how far the direct routing will take him off his Flight Planned route, radar vs. non-radar, etc.

There are some direct routes that cannot be given due to procedures (i.e. arrivals into Calgary, Toronto, or really any other major airport), restricted airspace, or arrangements/agreements that are in place between facilities.

As far as calling the next sector on the hotline, that must be done prior to issuing the route if the aircraft will enter the next sectors airspace within the next 15 minutes, or if the direct routing will take the aircraft drastically off the original route it is good to give a call first. If the aircraft is still a half hour or more from the next controller in line, and the direct routing isn't that drastic most controllers would just issue it and let the next guy know about it.

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