After visiting my local ATC facility I have a few things I would love to see in IF to help for doing ATC. Here is one of the tools that the tower controllers had. I call it the drag and time feature as a reference to the drag and vector feature we have on approach.
This feature is only for tower as it exists for approach already. It’s pretty much what we have on approach but for tower. When we drag to give a vector on appr it gives us the information of time to get to the point and distance. Here, it’s not for vectoring it’s just for info. The controller I was with constantly used that to determine whether he could fit another departure or not. It allowed an extreme amount of precision for the controller and could cut things really short without causing a go around. So for example when I was there there was more than 20kts headwind. So he had a plane on short final like 3-4nm which usually is really short. But with this system he easily saw that it was actually enough to let an aircraft takeoff in front. This could also be useful for example if there are two planes on opposite downwind. One fast and one a bit slower. If the faster one is further out with this tool you can easily see if that distance will be covered by the fact he’s faster. It can help to determine who goes first for sequencing.
If you’re more of a visual guy here’s a little photoshop I did to show what I mean.
So in this senario I would look at where the two planes up north will be in about 30/45 seconds and see which is closest to the airport. Based on the results and taking in account the fact there’s a base turn I could then determine who will go first. If you’re curious since we don’t have this yet I just waited a bit before sequencing to see how it turned out. But as you can guess if it’s busy that’s a bit complicated and time consuming… (Do note I put random numbers and didn’t actually calculate if it’s correct 30s at 204 kts for 5nm😅😉)
So I hope you like this request and please if you do leave a vote and have a look at other ATC requests!