Hello everyone and I hope everyone is well safe and secure in the current situations…
My name is Sreehari and I am an IFATC Specialist.
It’s been Two months since I joined and I’m loving it …
But I am here today to discuss and help all those who find it difficult to know when u should contact a tower and those who get frustrated when things don’t turn out good …
First things first
Be patient and wait for Tower to respond to your call. OFTEN what I see is people spamming around Inbound calls. Try to think from the controller’s perspective , handling 50-100 inbounds can be so challenging without an approach… Making frequency spammed will only mess up ur arrival …
1. What is right way and how u must call inbound when there is no approach ?
Here’s a detailed view of tower, approach and Centre’s airspace coverage with the minimum distance u must be from airport before u tune into .
Once you are below FL100 and atleast 25nm from the airport you can contact tower
You only need to call inbound once and it must be : " Aircraft XXX is XX nautical miles from the airport inbound at xxxx feet inbound for landing requesting xx runway ( if you want a specific runway ) .
You should not call inbound on the ILSor visual as these approaches are to be cleared by approach controller
Tower not responding to my inbound call ?
Often times people call inbound multiple times when they feel their requests was not heard or noticed. But this creates a huge problem for controller.
The controller is handling lot of arrivals and departures and need to Focus on the departing aircrafts and the ones on final approach .
Landing and Takeoff are the most crtical phases of flight and the phases that require most attention by a tower controller.
Tower might give a " Continue inbound " .
This allows the aircraft to continue as filed on their STARS and give more time to the controller to focus on critical phases.
I have also seen people finding trouble when a " extend downwind and I’ll call your base is issued
It simply means is you will have to continue your downwind leg ( parallel to runway) until controller instructs you to turn base…
This helps the controller to create spacing and a room to depart traffic and avoid any kind of separation losses etc…
As a tower controller you have to handle departing and arriving traffic efficiently without any delays. Having a smooth spacing and timing is very critical to decide CLEARANCE to takeoff or land …
When everyone keeps repeating their inbound calls it only makes the situation worse and delay your arrival.
Being a controller and handling such huge traffic without an approach is very stressfull…
Especially on HUBS we always have supervisors on lookout .
We want to give you the best possible service ❤️ always provided all we request is to be patient when on a busy airspace .
Each orange flash light is noted and though controller may not respond but he is aware.
We at IFATC are humans too and sometimes we make mistakes to .
All we want is a calm environment to think and give our best services…
We are not looking for reporting people before each report we ask our officials or supervisor wether it is viable for and we maximum try to give out warnings before .
We want all of you to come and fly into our airports but also follow all rules properly too.
Also one very thing that controllers always find annoying is some who takeoff and suddenly call inbound.
It is called a pattern work and at busy airspace pattern works will be not allowed due to heavy traffic. But people think if they can takeoff and land . Trust me if I were to give you a chance to be a IFATC controlle for one day you would be saying the same as all of us.
It simply adds more trouble to as clearly it’s said no pattern work
- For departures you must request departure to any of listed direction say north or south or if in ATIS it says a staright out departure you should announce the same
ATIS is always your best guide to your airport
Do check in ATIS before you call any atc services to get all details
Tap on your airport icon ➡️ tap on WX ➡️ D-ATIS
Stands for digital atis will give you all information regarding airport services and runways in use/ prefered procedures.
Thank you for reading through patiently and I hope everything is clear if not please do drop in a pm … We want to you to fly professional to give you the professional service .
I would like to thank my supervisor @Juan_Oosthuizen who helped me create this topic and also @SamC for ideas. !
Have a great day