I’ve been on Live for over two months now and been trying to pass the ATC advanced written testing. The first time I took it, I will admit that I needed to have more time in the PG, as well as re-watch the videos on the YouTube channel. I waited the two-week period and retook the test a few minutes ago, with an improved score compared to the first time, but was 4% shy of “passing”.
As I went back to review what went wrong, two questions gave me concern on what the “correct” answer is supposed to be and what you would do in a “real-life” situation.
Here is a scenario, an aircraft is on left downwind is given the 360 command, but the test answer shows that you could tell them to turn right or left. Shouldn’t you always have the aircraft turn in the direction away from the airport? Having an aircraft on left downwind turn left could put them directly over the airport at a pattern altitude. If there are any aircraft with a missed approach, you could have a collision.
Another scenario is an aircraft is on final, a second is on right downwind, and a third is on left base. How would you sequence the second aircraft to follow the aircraft on final? The test answer was to sequence the aircraft on downwind second, and the one on left base third. Would you not give the aircraft on left base the second sequence, and the aircraft on right downwind #3 to follow the aircraft on left base? Otherwise, the aircraft on base would intersect with the aircraft on left downwind when it turns base.
Am I missing something?