On September 30, the words “position and hold” will be replaced by the phrase “line up and wait” in ATC parlance here in the United States. The change is being implemented to increase standardization with the international aviation community and to reduce runway incursions. What does this mean for pilots? To pilots, the phraseology change should be uneventful. When instructed to “line up and wait,” the pilot should read back the clearance as usual, then line up with the runway centerline and wait for the takeoff clearance. So how does this pan out for real? Suppose you are taxiing Cessna 12345 to runway 36 at a busy towered airport.
Cessna 12345: Line up and wait, Cessna 12345.
The pilot taxies into position on the runway centerline.
ATC: Cessna 12345, runway 36, clear for takeoff.
Cessna 12345: Runway 36, clear for takeoff, Cessna 12345.