I want to preface this with the fact that I took the written ATC test but failed with a silly question I didn’t read carefully enough - just in case anyone wants to call me out for making ATC suggestions ;)
I expect this on the playground, but on the Advanced server, I’ve had tower controllers jump the gun and ask me to do things before they even know my intentions. I realize they can do what they want, but for example, I do as i’m told and I don’t contact the tower until first in line for takeoff (this also helps if ground wants to give me additional taxi instructions). Just as I switch to tower i’m asked to line up and wait, then cleared for takeoff before I’ve even said whether I want to do pattern work or depart.
Again, I realize the controller can deny me even doing pattern work, but shouldn’t i have to ask first, so they can instruct as to whether I should make right or left traffic? Further, the only way to then ask to stay in the pattern is to request takeoff, which I’ve already been granted. Asking again makes controllers testy.
Thoughts? Am I out to lunch?