Overall, not a bad job!
I was rather impressed… for the most part, your sequencing (in terms of issuing it with landing clearances) was good, and what really impressed me was when I requested to change from 24 to 27 and you gave me a pattern entry instruction. Not many people in TS1 know that a runway change requires a pattern entry instruction… nicely done on that part.
While I was in the pattern on 27, I noticed you weren’t sequencing and issuing clearances in a very timely manner. Usually this isn’t a huge deal, but that’s something the IFATC Examiners will fail you on. I’ve noticed with them, they want you to sequence almost immediately after the aircraft’s wheels leave the runway, and issue a clearance around the time the aircraft is on downwind. Do not wait for the aircraft to report their position if they’re in the pattern.
Don’t forget to actually sequence before you issue a landing/option clearance, too. In this particular case, I was in the pattern with two other planes. After I did my touch-and-go and turned around onto downwind, you immediately said “Number two, Runway 27, cleared for the option.” Technically, the plane on short final hadn’t touched down yet, so you should have told me I was number three. I see this little mistake on TS1 a lot… where it appears on the radar that the plane has landed, but it’s still on final. I’ve made the mistake, too, so don’t worry too much about that. Just pay attention to the planes in your pattern. Anyway, when I lifted off, you were missing the sequencing. IFATC Examiners are going to be looking very closely to make sure you sequence properly. Since there were two planes ahead of me in the pattern, one on final and one on right base, and the plane I was following on right base, when I left the runway, you should have sequenced me like this: “Number three, behind the traffic on right base.” This lets me know that I’m third in the pattern, and that the traffic on base will be landing before me. After you sequence, then you can clear. The clearance would be, “Number three, runway 27, cleared for the option, after the option, make right traffic.” This ties into the next thing I want to mention…
I heard you use “extend downwind” a lot. That command, along with “I’ll call your base” are typically used to give space so that departing aircraft have more time to depart. If you have a long line of planes waiting to take off, go ahead and use it. However, since the only aircraft using 27 at the time were already in the pattern, use of “Extend downwind” wasn’t necessary. I understand you were trying to keep us safely spaced in the air, but remember, that’s the pilot’s job. It’s our duty to maintain proper distances from other aircraft. By having me extend downwind, the aircraft ahead of me had time to land, take off, and turn crosswind. I almost thought you forgot about me :(
Let me know if you have questions :) I’m only an IFATC apprentice, but I do really like helping people out. You may have seen me elsewhere on the forums, or flying around on Live!
Thanks for your help at EHAM!