3-1-15. GROUND OPERATIONS RELATED TO THREE/FOUR-HOUR TARMAC RULE

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  • 3-1-15. GROUND OPERATIONS RELATED TO THREE/FOUR-HOUR TARMAC RULE

    When a request is made by the pilot-in-command of an aircraft to return to the ramp, gate, or alternate deplaning area due to the Three/Four-Hour Tarmac Rule:

    1. Provide the requested services as soon as operationally practical, or
    2. Advise the pilot-in-command that the requested service cannot be accommodated because it would create a significant disruption to air traffic operations.

    NOTE: Facility procedures, including actions that constitute a significant disruption, vary by airport and must be identified in the facility directive pertaining to the Three/Four-Hour Tarmac Rule.

    • PHRASEOLOGY
    • (Identification) TAXI TO (ramp, gate, or alternate deplaning area) VIA (route).
    • or
    • (Identification) EXPECT A (number) MINUTE DELAY DUE TO (ground and/or landing and/or departing) TRAFFIC,
    • or
    • (Identification) UNABLE DUE TO OPERATIONAL DISRUPTION.
    • REFERENCE
    • DOT Rule, Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections, 14 CFR, Part 259, commonly referred to as the Three/Four-Hour Tarmac Rule.
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