Pilots authorized by air traffic controllers to taxi onto runways and await takeoff clearance will be instructed to "line up and wait" rather than "position and hold" beginning on Sept. 30, the FAA reminded pilots this week. The new terminology, which was recommended by the NTSB, conforms to the terminology established in guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization. Also, an FAA safety analysis found that the new phraseology will eliminate confusion, particularly among pilots who also fly overseas, and will further reduce the risk of runway incursions. Starting Sept. 30, controllers will state the aircraft's call sign, state the departure runway and then instruct pilots to "line up and wait," as in, "Cessna N2090W, Runway 33L, line up and wait." The phrase "traffic holding in position" will continue to be used to advise other aircraft that traffic has been authorized to line up and wait on an active runway.
For more details about the terminology change, and to watch an FAA video, click here. "If in doubt about your clearance, ASK," the video concludes. Earlier this summer, the FAA eliminated the "taxi to" instructions and established new phraseology that requires pilots to receive permission before crossing any single runway. The FAA said this week it will continue to emphasize that pilots are not permitted to cross any runway encountered while taxiing without explicit instructions from controllers.