Would it be possible to get the runway assignment when contacting clearance?
Would help deciding which way to face the jet after push back.
The general procedure is for ATC to clear you to push back tail left/right, nose left/right or facing North/South etc. You will only get the active runway when you report ready to taxi. Which is what already happens in PF3.The option of advising the crew which way to face at pushback has already been brought up. The problem is though that the voice set doesn't cover it very well. And, being an extra feature it's not something that can be done very quickly.
I would suggest that you look carefully at the airport chart to determine which way to face. I know that it can be a problem at complex airports. In which case if I get it wrong I plan an "escape" route if the taxi feature doesn't work. Also you don't have to taxi to the very last holding point either. I quite often jump the queue and press hotkey 6 at the holding point I arrive at.
Thanks for the explanation. I just thought it would be a nice feature. But not critical.
I mostly fly from EHAM, so I know which runway to expect depending on the winds. But with 3 north/south runways, it's sometimes a coin flip which one you get.
Not a big problem at EHAM since there's usually only one way to go when you leave the gates and you can find "escape" routes if you happen to face the wrong way.