By Kyle Sullivan
Airport Coordinator, MnDOT Office of Aeronautics 

Bringing Clearance Delivery Into The 21st Century

FAA Offers New Solution To Common Aviation Problem


Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics

Non-towered airports typically have a frequency listed within the Airport/Facility Directory (amongst other sources) to contact ATC for clearances while on deck.

For pilots – whether seasoned or novice – receiving an Instrument Flight Rules clearance is not a new concept. The delivery never varies from the standard C.R.A.F.T. format we've all been taught to love since flight school.

Yet, the method of receiving those clearances from Air Traffic Control can wildly vary depending on your current location on deck within the airspace system.

At a towered field, it's relatively easy – contact the clearance delivery controller as listed in the publications, whether on ground control or a dedicated frequency.

However, what do you do if you need to...

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