Hey everyone, I have noticed a few things when I have been controlling lately (Expert)
Exit Runway Cross/Hold Short
When this command is sent, if you listen carefully you will notice that it does NOT tell you to contact Ground. When Tower sends you this frequency they want you to STAY on their frequency. This is especially important during a Friday Night Flight or at a busy airport where there is a separate tower and ground controller. When you switch frequency it makes it a lot harder to manage runway crossings. Please just pay attention to the command, if it does not explicitly say to contact ground then don’t contact ground.
Speed commands are not optional!! For some reason a lot of pilots seem to think that they do not need to follow speed commands. If you are in a Dash-8 doing a 220 kt final while closing in on the aircraft in front of you that I told you to follow and I tell you to maintain slowest practical speed, keeping your speed or slowing down by 5 kts is not helpful. Most of the time (except for radar) when we give you a speed command we are maintaining separation because you do not seem to know what sequencing is. Bottom line, speed commands are just as important and need to be followed!