A question for the IFATC Officers and other clever peoples.
In IF we know that Center ATC can provide Approach services, which can be handy for airports that are not overly busy and don’t have Approach ATC present. But, especially when Center ATC is busy (with Radar services for a busy airport, or much Center traffic, they don’t have to provide approach services.
What would Center ATC do if he can’t provide detailed radar services for that destination airport, but does want to provide some services?
Sometimes, as Center ATC I want to inform a pilot who checks-in: continue as filed, expect vectors to YBBN. The idea is that I can then hand him over to Tower when he’s entering the Pattern, and Tower can take him from there.
But…it appears as Center you can’t give that instruction to a pilot. See below the three screenshots, taken in order:
select .EXPECT APPROACH
choose RADAR VECTORS
then…it appears you have to select a runway. But I want to just give him vectors to the airport.
Maybe in real live Center never uses Radar Vectors to an airport; maybe this is something only Approach ATC would do. Or can they?
Or maybe it’s a little bug?
If Center ATC is too busy to provide Approach services for the destination airport, would providing Radar Vectors not be a good alternative service to provide? Or does he just stick with flight following and then inform the pilot he is ‘unable to provide services to this airport at the moment, proceed on course.’
Why can’t Center ATC not provide Radar Vectors to an airport?
Let’s have a chat! 😊