A little too close for comfort!


On the approach to KSEA on Expert Server, prepared to descend under 10000…A little too close for me…

Btw I don’t care people’s information is showing, this is unprofessional…

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Unfortunately, nothing can be done unless the aircraft is in a controlled airspace. He doesn’t seem he wanted to do it intentionally rather was just descending.

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Unfortunately, nothing can be done unless the aircraft is within ATC airspace. He probably didn’t want to do it on purpose, he was just on autopilot

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Hey!

I remember seeing you on approach while I was departing- you’re right, it was really busy! At the time of your approach, only one controller was managing every plane in Seattle’s airspace and on the ground. Usually, there’s more controllers helping each other out to lessen the workload and mitigate separation issues like this happening. However, @Erik_Popescu had to manage every single plane by himself today for a bit of time. Shoot him a message if you have more feedback!

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Also, Seattle has 3 parallel runways, that’s it! If you are below 10,000 feet and are close to an aircraft, don’t panic! If you feel uncomfortable, then you can also turn away ;)

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At the moment, only 34C and 34L were used to efficiently get departures out of SEA. But as said by Yacht, contact @Erik_Popescu, he can probably help!

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nice move by ATC tbh KSEA real ATC could use that trick more often

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Tower had a lot of planes and was doing there best to manage the situation at KSEA, but this was just before controlled airspace. IRL you always give way to the aircraft in front of you, and I guess I have always tried to follow that principal on IF. I know he meant no harm, but c’mon man.😂. Off to my next flight ✈️

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Hey, at the time KSEA was very busy and the controller was quite overwhelmed, no one was around to help him. If approach was offline, there isn’t much tower could do then, but ultimately at the end of the day it’s the pilot’s responsibility to keep watch for and avoid traffic

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Cant really do much about it. Its happened to me a couple of time.

Hey mate, sorry for the incident. Not to repeat everyone else, but there was an insane amount of traffic, it being one of the busiest times I’ve controlled to this point. Unfortunately approach had to leave and I took over all the aircraft in approaches airspace, all calling me for instructions. I was trying my best to get people in and out efficiently, but there is only so much I can do. I hope the rest of your flight was enjoyable and I hope for a better one next time. Have a good rest of your day, wherever you may be in the world, and no floaties to you!

Best,

Erik Popescu
IFATC Specialist

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You could deviate off your flight plan or change heading to avoid that. There’s nothing Tower can do but warn you they’re there.

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Seems like you are at around 13.000ft in the picture, KSEA is almost sea level so you shouldn’t be on tower frequency from the beginning as it’s coverage its up to 10.000ft.

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Even if they were with Tower, both pilot’s are in the wrong unfortunately in the moment of that screenshot. Aircraft behind more so then the aircraft in front, but once the aircraft in front sees it they now need to help correct it. Controller can’t do anything since in Infinite Flight as Tower without approach we treat them as if they’re VFR, so the pilot’s are responsible for separation. All Tower can do is give them a traffic alert.

If you’re caught in this situation, change heading and decide if you should maintain altitude to let them pass or if the heading change works then just change heading. If you’re at cruise then just change to a different altitude.

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Gotta love our southwest friends.

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