To make it easier and faster to copy a clearance from ATC, AFSBI has developed a simple but effective sticky note pad. This is based on a standard CRAFT sequence and adds a few quick shortcuts. CRAFT is the acronym for Clearance limit, Route, Altitude, Frequency and Transponder code. In each sticky note you will find:
1. Cleared to: (abbr. Clear to) Your arrival airport, as filed.
2. Via: Your assigned route.
3. SID: If assigned, your standard instrument departure.
4. Or as filed: if ATC has approved your filed route underline this.
5. After departure, fly heading: (abbr. After Dep, Fly Hdg) Heading to fly.
6. Or runway heading: Underlined if so assigned.
7. Climb and Maintain: (abbr. Climb and Maint) Initial climbing altitude.
8. Expect: Altitude expected after initial altitude.
9. In: Min: How many minutes after departure you are expected to receive higher altitude.
10. Squawk: Your transponder code.
11. Contact Departure on: (abbr. Contact Dep. On) The Departure frequency.
12. Void by: the time limit of the clearance.
Please note that:
1. All clearances have to be repeated back to ATC.
2. Items such as ‘expect altitude’ and in how many minutes are critical in case of communication failure.
3. ‘Void by’ is mainly used when not departing from a controlled airport.
4. Stick your note on your panel for easy readability.