I recently made a little tutorial (initially for myself) and thought I’d share it. So here’s how I think EGLC should be controlled so it’s as efficient as possible.
At this airport your strategy is basically a loop of commands which you will keep sending. This is valid for both RWs. Lets start with a situation at some point in the loop
At the start let’s imagine you have 4 planes at the hold short line, 4 planes ready for takeoff (after back taxiing) and 4 planes on final.
What you want to do, is just a standard one in one out. You make one land, lineup the next one and then clear. Once your four planes have landed and taken off, you make your 4 planes, waiting at the hold short line, back taxi. (All at the same time with expedite. They can go at about 35kts) just to be on the safe side, the first one you just tell him to exit RW (not lineup after the back taxi) that is just in case the next inbound is too close. The gap in inbounds needs to be about 2 minutes if they’re fast. At the moment you give the back taxi to them, you clear 4 planes to taxi to the hold short line. Like that you’re back at the start and you repeat the loop.
Visual aids you’ll need:
Keep an eye for that last plane landing and as soon as he’s passed the first hold short line, get those deps out. You don’t want to miss that as it’s the deps and lack of place for arrivals which is hard. You want to wait for the plane to have parked before sending the new planes taxiing. There is no rush for them and you can do one at a time. That will avoid any give way commands. Since there is a sort of gate hold, the best is to just out a 1 minute reminder on everyone who contacts you for taxiing. Like that you know exactly who you can taxi and who not. Have a look at who’s down on the labels list to know who the 4 first were. Then take the closest to the hold short line and work your way to the furthest. (Always to avoid give way commands)
The strategy is pretty much the same as for 27, with a few more constraints. This time, you will start with just one (or a few, but no more than 4) planes at the hold short line, 4 that need back taxiing and 4 planes on final. You need a 2 minutes gap and you send the planes waiting to a back taxi. While waiting, if there’s room (in therms of inbounds) you can line a plane up. (Wait until the last second for better judgement) once your planes are out of the RW you just do your classic one in one out (or visa versa if possible). When there are 4 planes waiting for the back taxi, you start all over.
Again the back taxi is about 2 minutes. What you have to be really careful of is on the number of planes waiting for the back taxi. You cannot have more than 4 and if you already have 4, you have to make the next inbound wait for them to leave first. That can be done thinking ahead with approach or with some little commands which could delay them. For this RW, you just want to always have one plane wait for takeoff. No need to have more especially since it can block the taxiway and you can send someone waiting just parallel of the line (or on those gates west of the hold short line. You’d need a give way commands)
Strategy VS Tactic
While controlling you will have this loop in mind. However as things go and new challenges come up, it is important to change and go in tactics mode. You will divert from the strategy, keeping the general logic, and try to adapt it to the needs. That could mean having more deps, back taxiing at different moments or even holding inbounds if that’s needed. What’s important is to remember that the RW use is limited and every second of its use is precious. Do not panic and keep things still on ground, delay the inbounds, whatever is needed to keep the taxiway clear and usable is very important too. An inbound needs a place to park, and an outbound will need a give way commands if the taxiway is saturated.
Hope you like it and use it!