How far out from the airport should Approach be telling someone to contact Tower? I like it when I can sequence and approve landings when they are about to enter the pattern. I like to control Tower and frequently Tower and Ground at EGLL and it can get really busy (T1 server, roughly 16,000XP to get to Level 3, pray for me). Most times I will have 6 aircraft clear to land perfectly sequenced both RWs (best I can, again T1 server) and 10 aircraft on RW20L (when I’m not controlling ground) and 2 at RW20R. Then I look to the west and their is a plane on the ILS approaching departures. They are on the Approach frequency?!? Approach says they are cleared to land at 9L apperently. *Loses 10IQ points. Then I look to the far east and 1 plane is behind no. 1 of 3 RW20R on right base and 2 are behind no. 1 of 3 RW20L on left base. It’s never 3 and 3 this is just for my example. It’s usually 2 for RW20R and 4 for RW20L and everyone wants to land at RW20L, people love RW20L. Of course nobody understands the meaning-of contact tower when 1st in line or hold short, but whatever.
Am I wrong, should there be a handoff sooner. I know the usual response is it’s because “You’re on the T1 server deal with it, you just have to deal with it” so don’t be that guy.
Just wanted to also add, their is a lot of b&@$hing about T1 server on here, but I do think it truley helps me become better at ATC commands. Sure it can be frustrating but it literally trains you for every scenerio. If everyone was corporative I would never have to use half of the commands I currentlly readily use. My go to move is to tell them frequency approved, report them then swipe left. So I thank the fellow level 1 and 2s for helping me learn.
P.S. Is there a chat for ATC, not in app. I would love to actually be able to talk to Ground, Approach and Departure and cordinate movements. I don’t blame ground when 3 aircraft taxi to RW20L when 3 are already holding and no one is at RW20R because I know 2/3 of the aircraft don’t listen, but when 7 aircraft are taxing to RW20L, i would love to have capability to cuss out ground on another device.