Issue the following clearance items, as appropriate, in the order listed below:
Issue specific clearance delivery instructions, if appropriate.
Relay clearances verbatim.
NOTE: Clearances authorizing “direct” to a point on a previously issued route do not require the phrase “rest of route unchanged.” However, it must be understood where the previously cleared route is resumed. When necessary, “rest of route unchanged” may be used to clarify routing.
“Amend altitude. Cross Ollis intersection at or above Three Thousand; cross Gordonsville V-O-R at or above One Two Thousand; maintain Flight Level Two Four Zero.”
(Shortly after departure, altitude restrictions are no longer applicable, the controller issues an amended clearance as follows):
“Climb and maintain Flight Level Two Four Zero.”
“Climb via SID except maintain Flight Level Two Three Zero.”
“Cross Gordonsville VOR at One One Thousand. Then, reduce speed to Three Zero Zero.”
NOTE: The phrase “do the best you can” or comparable phrases are not valid substitutes for an amended clearance with altitude or speed restrictions.
NOTE: Air traffic control specialists retain the latitude necessary to tactically resolve conflicts. Every effort should be made to ensure the aircraft is returned to the original filed flight plan/altitude as soon as conditions warrant.
You may clear an aircraft through intermediate stops.
Use the phrase “via approved altitude reservation flight plan,” if the aircraft will operate in an approved ALTRV.
NOTE: An ALTRV normally includes the departure, climb, cruise, and arrival phases of flight up to and including holding pattern or point/time at which ATC provides separation between aircraft.
NOTE: Pilots of pop-up aircraft are responsible for terrain and obstacle clearance until reaching minimum instrument altitude (MIA) or minimum en route altitude (MEA). Pilot compliance with an approved FAA procedure or an ATC instruction transfers that responsibility to the FAA; therefore, do not assign (or imply) specific course guidance that will (or could) be in effect below the MIA or MEA.
The following guidelines must be utilized to facilitate the processing of airfile aircraft:
NOTE: These procedures do not imply that the processing of airfiles has priority over another ATC duty to be performed.