Updated: Oct 6
Not understanding the rules of Land and Hold Short Operations can lead to very dangerous situations.
Here's what you need to know.
WHAT IS A LAND AND HOLD SHORT OPERATION (LAHSO)
It is when a pilot is cleared to land on a runway, but must come to a complete stop prior to a crossing runway. This is common when multiple runways at an airport are in use. ATC needs you to stop prior to the crossing runway due to landing or departing traffic on that runway.
WHAT DOES A LAHSO CLEARANCE FROM ATC SOUND LIKE
Example: "N736TB cleared to land Runway 21, hold short of Runway 17."
HOW DO I ACCEPT THE LAND AND HOLD SHORT CLEARANCE?
You simply read back (to ATC) the clearance received.
Example: "Cleared to land Runway 21, hold short of Runway 17."
HOW DO I DECLINE A LAND AND HOLD SHORT CLEARANCE?
You simply tell ATC that you are "unable" to comply.
ATC will then come up with another plan for your landing.
MUST I ACCEPT A LAHSO?
No. You can decline a LAHSO for any reason and you do not need to explain your reasoning to ATC. If you are not positive that you can come to a complete stop prior to the crossing runway (for any reason) then you must decline the LASHO Clearance.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I ACCEPT THE LAHSO CLEARANCE?
Then you must adhere to it! You cannot accept a LAHSO and then later change your mind. This will put you and other aircraft in danger of collision.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO EXECUTE A GO-AROUND?
If needed, you are still able to complete a go-around after accepting a LAHSO Clearance. Perform the go-around as normal, avoid other traffic in your departure, and inform ATC as soon as possible of your go-around decision.
Author - Nate Hodell
CFI/CFII/MEI/ATP - Creator of wifiCFI - Owner of Axiom Aviation Flight School.
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