Whenever I’m controlling at an Airport (in TS1), I try to maintain peace and order as much as possible while keeping it as realistic as possible. Lets use Palm Springs for example, with Main Runway 13R/31L and Smaller Runway 13L/31R. Generally, I use 31L for any aircraft from B737/A320 Size Upwards and I wouldn’t usually let an aircraft of this size or larger takeoff on 31R as it wouldn’t happen in real life. Also, I wouldn’t want any aircraft to takeoff from 13R and L because in Real Life I don’t think you would have Aircraft lining up at each end of an Active Runway.
It’s the same for Landing Aircraft, I would always try and move them into an Approach for the 31 Runways. So when someone wants to land or takeoff from the Opposite Runway or from a Runway I think wouldn’t be used in real life, what should I do. As Ground and Tower Controller, is it my decision to choose which runways are used and which aircraft are allowed to takeoff where? When I do instruct an aircraft to taxi to a different runway to the one they have chose it may change their FPL and often they just decide that my say is not important and taxi off to the runway they want. I don’t want to purposely cause problems for other pilots but I do want to keep it as realistic as possible and exercise some control!
Any tips anyone, am I right to continue with what I am doing or should I change to suit the pilot’s needs better