I’ve just finished a 1 hour and 30mins radar session at SBGR. I know many people are flying there, just take a look at the arrivals (197).
This post shouldn’t take too long to read, however, I’d like to address some things that can help you as pilots improve.
Patience, A controller will respond to you as quickly as possible and will get rid of you as quickly as possible. You don’t need to request a frequency change unless you KNOW the controller has forgotten. I’ve had so many pilots request a frequency change on an ILS approach and they’re not even established… So please, a little patience.
With that being said, if you request an approach and the controller hasn’t got back to you, fly your FPL till you’re given instructions. They will get to you as soon as possible. We give everyone instructions at the same time.
Tuning in to a certain frequency
If you’re inbound, and approach is opened you need to meet both of these requirements.
18000 aal (or less) and 50NM (or less) from the aerodrome. If you’re 34,000ft and 10NM then please, don’t tune in.
If you’re at 10,000ft and 80Nm, please don’t tune in.
You need to meet both altitude and distance.
Additionally, if you’ve just taken off and given a freq change please do not tune into approach. If you get told to contact approach, then you can.
I’m pretty reasonable, don’t go more than 350kts.
I give you speed commands and vectors away so you can slow down if you’re a little over. But when Jets tune going 1000+ kts then that’s when violations will be flying just as fast towards you.
I’m sure there is more to cover, but self-directed learning is appreciated.
Good day all