Just finished controlling tower at Manchester (EGCC). What I saw was deplorable. Complete incompetence from pilots, blatant disregard for spacing, commands, and no pilot etiquette whatsoever. Just wanted to point out a couple of observations and reminders that should be kept in mind for the rest of the day, as well as for times in the future.
When you are instructed to exit the runway (in my case, 05R) and hold short 05L, don’t request a runway crossing. We won’t forget about you. And then if you think we’ve forgotten about you, don’t switch to ground and pester that controller. You won’t get a different response - you’ll just get a check user guide and right back to tower you go.
Expedite doesn’t mean come to a complete stop and make the widest, most perfect turn you can make off the runway. Remember, high speed exits can be used at 40-50 knots, and this is especially crucial with the 3-4 mile spacing on the arrival runway. Now, on the subject of spacing, don’t fly 250 knots on final. That’s how you make our lives hard, and that’s how you’ll be going around for hours at a time. Maintain reasonable spacing. That’s how you’ll get on the ground as quickly and safely as possible.
Intersection departures are allowed, and they actually make our lives easier. If you’re in a narrowbody or lightweight aircraft, go ahead and use those intersections. It allows us to get you out faster and improves the efficiency of the runway. I could line up two aircraft at a time and get them out much faster.
Use your pilot etiquette. Too many times I saw aircraft exiting the runway and taxiing right into an aircraft taxiing to the runway for departure. If you see someone exiting the runway, give them the right of way. If you’re racing to the runway, it shows incompetence and does not represent the qualities that a good pilot should show.
In summary, what I saw during my hour at Manchester today was bad. It wasn’t what the expert server environment should be, and it wasn’t representative of what the expert server offers. Together, we will learn and improve, and together, we will make the expert server a fun, positive, and realistic environment.