On the Beat
When do you report the ATIS? When do you make your approach request? Success working within the air traffic control environment is largely about finding your rhythm.
If the airport requires a call to Clearance Delivery for an IFR clearance or VFR departure, you needn’t wait until you call Ground for taxi. Just tell CD. After the controller verifies your clearance readback, tell her, “I’ll be requesting Runway 9.” You’ve now informed a member of the tower team. They can let you know about any possible issues regarding that runway. Also, when you call for taxi, Ground should be aware of your needs.