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I understand how to request closed traffic from the ground, and what it allows me to do (What does "closed traffic" mean?).

There's another closed traffic scenario that I imagine to be common. but I'm not quite sure how to string it all together.

Let's say I'm flying VFR to a Class D airport, where I'd like to do some touch-and-goes and then depart.

As discussed in How do I request a touch and go and then remain closed traffic?, I can request "closed traffic" on the way inbound, and let the tower know that I'll be departing (and in what direction).

On my last pass, I would announce midfield (e.g.) and expect "clear for the option". After acknowledging, should I also request/remind tower re:departure?

For example, should I acknowledge, "cleared for the option, NXXX123 ..." and then add, "... also, this will be my last pass, VFR departure to the north"? Should it be considered (and phrased) as a request?

Thanks!

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For example, should I acknowledge, "cleared for the option, NXXX123 ..." and then add, "... also, this will be my last pass, VFR departure to the north"? Should it be considered (and phrased) as a request?

I would recommend doing almost as you have suggested in your question except I would say "NXXX123 cleared for the option, and this will be my last approach, request a departure to the north."

You could leave out the word "VFR," insert the word request as noted above, use the word "approach" instead of "pass," and put your call sign at either the beginning of your transmission or at the end.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @757toga! $\endgroup$
    – cdn
    Jul 3 at 22:57

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