I recently was doing ATC at YSSY (Sydney airport) as GRD and TWR. At the time I had a B738 departing from RWY 34R and an A320 who was flying around doing something. I proceeded to ask the A320 for their intentions but received a standby until it was North West of Sydney. This is when I ran into trouble, the B738 was right behind the A320 to the South East and was requesting departure to the West. At this time the A320 was doing small circles slightly North West of the B738 and I knew that the B738 would have to cross paths with the A320. At this point, I told the B738 standby then proceeded to request the A320 to change heading or at least an altitude change. This is when disaster struck! I realised that as ATC TWR I couldn’t ask them to change heading or altitude. This soon became a big problem and in the end, the B738 went within minimum separation limits of each other then the B738 changed frequency without requesting as they thought I couldn’t do my job effectively. So my problem is, did I just not find the request altitude or heading button or does TWR not have control over that which would be a big issue.
If an aircraft were to break separation while flying in this type of scenario then they would be subject to ghosting if they were flying and you were controlling, on expert. You are on training of course, but there is nothing in the command menu currently for tower that could alert the pilot that they will be breaking separation, in this type of scenario.
They most likely just wanted to leave your frequency, I highly doubt if they were flying through eachother that they would simultaneously be judging your abilities in a situation that you can’t control… 🙂
Yep ok thanks, I agree with your idea and thanks for letting me know that you didn’t understand it probably because of the spelling mistakes. Was actually just about to the the ATC expert theory test and passed.