My name is Jamie Shields and I’m a relatively new member of Infinite Flight (Grade 2 but gunning for Grade 3, a couple of speed violations under 10,000 feet and that’s about it).
I’m sorry if I have posted this in the wrong forum but it appeared to be the best spot for it. I have a couple of questions about a weird encounter that I just had with the KATL Tower.
I was flying KMEM - KATL (Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 Turboprop) and was about 60NM out at approximately 21:10Z when I started to receive a bunch of “On Guard” requests from the KATL Tower.
I was too far out of range and therefore not able to respond, so I didn’t. However, since I don’t want to get ghosted I kept an eye on the distance (all the while continuing to receive On Guard messages) and when I was in range I transmitted that I (WestJet 590) was inbound for landing.
The Tower then responded by telling me to line up and wait at Runway 26L.
I repeated my inbound call and the Tower then informed me that my plane was too big to land at KATL.
I was a little confused at that point (saw a 737, a 777 and some other planes there at the time) so I just made the decision to deviate from my flight plan and abort my approach while I sorted this out.
It was at this time that the controller closed the Tower, switching us over to Unicom.
So, I guess my questions are:
- Is a Dash-8 too big to land at KATL? I think I know the answer but I figured I would double-check.
- Any idea what the controller was suggesting by these messages?
- Is this just life on the Training Server and I should get used to it?
I have a couple screenshots that I can add to the post. I haven’t included them now because I didn’t want to clutter the forum with potentially inconsequential data.
Anyway, thanks for any answers that you guys can provide.