I was controlling at TFFR on the expert server between the hours of 1300Z and 1500Z.
If you were at TFFR between 1300Z and 1500Z, I want to start off by apologizing for making you, pilots, wait in the departure line for so long. As you know, TFFR requires medium to large aircraft to back taxi down the runway in order to line up for takeoff. The back taxi situation is what made the delays so long and I’m going to explain that shortly.
I had, at one point, at least 15 inbound aircraft at TFFR and I wanted to make sure they all arrived safely and in a timely fashion, but at the same time, I wanted my departures on the ground to leave in a timely fashion. I tried my absolute hardest to make sure both arrivals and departures could fly in and out of TFFR with no issues but this was difficult because of the pilots.
Now, the issues:
- Firstly, when you request takeoff and I tell you to hold short, please hold short and wait patiently. This doesn’t mean that after 5 mins you go ahead and request takeoff again. Remember, I can still see you on my radar so I won’t forget you! If you were to take a second and look at your map, you can see the number of planes coming into the airport I’m controlling. This means that you shouldn’t request takeoff multiple times even after I announce that “airport is busy, expect delays” there’s a reason why I said that and you need to abide by that announcement.
- Secondly; this is a huge problem that pilots need to correct: When I say “back taxi runway 12, line up and wait, please expedite” please follow that command. Expedite means to perform or do something in a fast manner. I’ve seen countless aircraft back taxi down a runway at 35kts or less. In the real world, aircraft back taxi down a runway at a maximum of 60kts, so if I give the expedite command, please, expedite down the runway at 60kts max.
To conclude, I ask you kindly to please be extremely patient at airports like TFFR. It’ll make the experience less stressful for us controllers and you, the pilots. If this post came out as being rude or disrespectful, kindly let me know.
Thank you! :)
-CptNathanHope, IFATC Specialist
P.S. I received kudos by an IFFG user so if you’re on the forums, thank you for that! :)