Does anyone feel that changes need to be made to the approach frequencies in ATC mode ?
I rarely bother with taking these now as pretty much every pilot within a 50 mile radius tunes to your frequency and makes pointless requests. Case in point, last night I took EGBB approach in the London region, within a few minutes I had about 7 aircraft on my frequency. Only two were actually coming into Birmingham airport and requesting ILS vectors (no problem), I had 2 departing asking for vectors to Gatwick and several more bothering me with pointless “with you” messages (again these aircraft were nowhere near Birmingham nor was it in their flight plan)
The clue is surely in the name "Birmingham Approach" If you are not approaching Birmingham then you should not be on the frequency sending inane messages ! Same goes for every other airport.
Perhaps it is time to reduce the number of messages pilots can send to an approach controller, so if as a pilot you tune to the approach frequency for a particular airport, you can only make vector and ILS requests to that airport and no others. Also let’s do away with the “with you” message pleeeeease !!!
Alternatively let’s add a clear message into approach ATC that you can send to pilots telling them that they should not be on this frequency if not approaching the airport in question.