Good evening, all.
So I log into TAPA ground and tower this evening, hoping for an hour or so of enjoyable controlling on the Playground server. I had some very nice pilots following the rules, checking in, had them sequenced beautifully to land. Then an F-16 appears on the scope 10 miles out at 10,000 feet doing 900 knots check in asking to land. Annoyed, sure. Ask him to slow down, reduce speed, descend to pattern altitude. He complies and I somehow sequence him in. Then not two minutes later, an F-22 who was in my view but at FL160+ dives down to 5,000 feet doing more then 1,200 knots about 8 miles out on the centerline asks to land. Not this again. I tell him to do a 360 - as I had three on final. He doesn’t comply. He continues inbound, miracousouly getting down to landing altitude, but only a 1/2 mile behind the F-16 I managed to squeeze in (after having to beg the three guys in The Boeing jets on final to maintain slowest speed, which they graciously did).
This type of behavior is ruining this game for me. I fly and enjoy being on the Advanced server. Top notch ATC. But I do enjoy being ATC as well. And I realize it’s the playground server, so I try to keep that in mind. However, it seems that there is sometimes a blatant disregard for any kind of decorum or maturity. Granted, most are professional and accommodating and that’s what makes being ATC so rewarding.
However, the ones that disregard ATC - not out of a lack of knowledge or effort - but rather a willful disregard and wanton respect for the intent of the Playground server - are what keeps me from logging on and trying to provide a modicum of ATC service and enjoyment for the folks who want to play by the rules.
A rant, yes. But the frustration level has been growing steadily recently. I want everyone to have fun. If you’re flying in the Playground, understand that ATC is not there to squash your good time. We try to make it enjoyable for everyone. I mean, who doesn’t love to be on final and see 5 heavies ahead of you sequenced perfectly? But if you want to fly with no restrictions and do 1,250 knots on final, please do it on the Free Flight server.
Thanks for listening, and smooth flights.