Ok, I did not know this. I just jumped on at KSEA as Approach controller and found I could get aircraft to follow published IFR procedures!!! I feel like I just went to IF heaven :)
And of course, I now have some questions and requests :)
Certain waypoints require specific speeds, how do I assign the required speeds? What I did during my last session was instruct the pilots their to slowest speed and when they met the required speeds I would ask them them to maintain their current speed. Seemed to work for now, but I should be able to assign speed the same way I can heading and altitude.
Also some pilots were descending way to fast. I was giving vectors requiring a VS-1000 descent between waypoints, yet some must have been descending at -2500. is there a way communicate distances to the next vector/waypoint so they can calculate it themselves?
I can’t see the waypoints over land. It is only because I know from experience where the key waypoints (with their assigned names, altitude and speeds), are located that I could instruct aircraft to follow the IFR. Is there a way to make them more visible?
Also, just ran into an issue when unknowing to me another Approach controller joined. Would it be possible that the controllers already on can get a notification when another controller joins. It caused a bit of confusion earlier.