I like to communicate multiple things to pilots in one go. What I mean by this is, for example, when I am Ground at KLAX I will often issue the “Follow aircraft ahead.” command when issuing taxi clearance to a pilot. I find that this preemptively de-conflicts any traffic situations further down the taxiway and creates a more clean and efficient flow of aircraft.
Currently, when an ATC wants to do this it requires multiple inputs and can quickly clog up the text-to-speech system. During peak times I can have up to a 15-30 second delay on what requests and commands I’m issuing vs when I hear them through the tts system.
By allowing ATC to group commands together, this would allow for a greater transfer of information without spamming the frequency with repeated inputs from the controller.
In order to clear an aircraft to taxi and request that it follow the aircraft ahead of it, the commands would currently be:
“YA-BOI, taxi to runway 25R, contact tower when ready.”
“Taxi to runway 25R, YA-BOI.”
“YA-BOI, follow aircraft ahead.”
“Following aircraft ahead, YA-BOI.”
If a controller were able to group commands into one message, it would simply be:
“YA-BOI, taxi to runway 25R, follow aircraft ahead.”
“Taxi to runway 25R, following aircraft ahead, YA-BOI.”
The possibilities extend further than this.
I personally like to thank pilots and wish them a good day as I’m ending my period of handling their aircraft. This can really spam up the frequency when handling multiple aircraft that are finishing their time with me at the same time.
An idea to implement something like this would be to have a “Send” button at the bottom of the control list box. An ATC would go through and select commands as they normally would. The only difference would be that instead of issuing the command and going back to the main command menu as it currently does, it would add that command to a queue and go back to the main command menu. A controller would simply press “Send” to issue that single command or they can begin selecting another command to add to the queue. When the ATC has selected all of the commands they would like to include in that transmission they would be sent in a single command.
Sorry if this topic seems a bit rushed, it is. 😅
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