ATC appreciation day!
Same thing happened with me, at one time KLAX was heavily congested due to one very, very big event and there was some network issue, as I was waiting in 1st sequence to depart 25R suddenly tower went offline so it seem, from my side (and to a few others too, as everyone started using unicom). Panicking because I was now at the tip of the traffic jam I decided to contact unicom for take-off and proceeded to enter run-way… I was gone so fast from that event carrying home a level 3 vio medal.
Later, @Edoardo_C (whom I contacted because I thought he was tower but apparently there was a tower change of personnel that I wasn’t aware of) helped me learnt the situation and now I’m very glad and thankful we had that talk. Thank you so much Edoardo!
So points to ponder:
At very busy events when you thought ATC has suddenly gone offline - WAIT! And don’t rely on your cockpit comms but check the map and click on your airport - are there still actually people in their ATC posts? I dunno if this solution of mine is correct maybe devs need to address this issue, I haven’t had the chance to test this theory out.
But one very crucial mistake that I did: Panicking and feeling bad for being the tip of one of the biggest traffic jam ever, I entered the runway disregarding one rule: Look Left and Right Clearance… there was one aircraft on short final and I should’ve known better and checked my TCAS screen or map, prior.
Okay pilots! I don’t mean to hijack this thread but what OP said above is so true!
So this seem to be a good time and place to share with the community your positive lesson-learned experiences that we’ve learned from ATC and has now made us better pilots in IF. Sharing positive stories like these could benefit our knowledge and we’ll all be much more well informed!
Thanks @Teabird in posting this awesome thread! May I ask, but only if you want to though, what was the issue? We (or I, lol) really need to know these things. Happy flying capt’n, cheers!