ATC Pattern and Sequencing Tips!
:Always try and clear an aircraft to land on base leg
:Be sure to clear an aircraft for “the option” if they are doing a touch and go
:When clearing an aircraft for a touch and go, try and tell them to make right or left traffic when prompted to. This will keep things organised and simple for you, and keep things easier for the pilot.
:When an aircraft is taking-off tell them to make right/left traffic so they know where they need to be and you know where they will go!
:Traffic patterns typically go to the left
:If you have time, ask aircraft that are too high to "descend to pattern altitude
:Use “Extend downwind”,“make a 360 for spacing”,“I’ll call your base”,& "maintain best foward speed/slowest practical speed to help separate traffic.(If you are then satisfied with separation after requesting a certain speed, then be sure to tell them that their speed is at their discretion again.)
(Extend downwind means the aircraft will delay turning base, and I’ll call your base means you will tell them when you want them to turn base in order to ensure proper spacing. This is done via “Pattern Instructions”)
*All inbound traffic need to always be sequenced! Give them a number so they know where they should be in the “cue” to land.
This means that you know where the aircraft will hopefully go, and the pilot knows where they are meant to be.
*Try and provide extra info when sequencing. E,g “Traffic to follow is on right base”
This means that it is more clear to the pilot where they are meant to be and again just makes it a bit simpler and makes the situation easier to handle for both parties.