Well today was my first day in Tower on the expert server. I’m breaking myself in gently and did an hour at PHOG in Hawaii which looks to be at the foot of a volcano. A beautiful approach.
My session got a bit stressful at times as I have never experienced that volume of traffic on the ground before. There were only about 10 or so but when they all talk at once the flashing flight strips go a bit nuts. If it was Hells Kitchen I would expect Gordon Ramsey to shout at me and call me something unpleasant. Also at the airport I had pattern aircraft and mainly departures.
The biggest difference for me between the expert and the training server is the pilots are more curteous. I didn’t get repeated requests like ready to taxi over and over again until you respond and it’s generally more pleasurable to provide a service. It’s more relaxed and the pilots give you the time you require.
I did find getting the departures out difficult with pattern and inbound and was suprised at how slow some people are at getting on the runway and buzzing off, this resulted in me sending my pattern guy around twice! It seemed like ‘cleared for immediate take off’ was an instruction to amble onto the runway and do your lipstick and perhaps the ironing before you set off. I shall know for next time - create more space!
So I hope to continue to grow and get better and not have too many disasters on the way and in a few weeks I will comment on here with update on my progress for anyone who is interested. See if I can stick it out. I hope I can.