A few minutes ago I just finished controlling Ground, Tower, and ATIS at Palma De Mallorca (LEPA).
After controlling for just over 1.5 hours, there are a few things I’d like to point relating to things that are common sense and should be addressed to keep Expert Server a well trained environment.
Don’t called inbound when you’re 36nm out, please. Traffic was mild where I was controlling, but at times there was heavy traffic and taking care of people who are over the 25nm range isn’t too fun.
If you’re told to “Hold Position”, please hold position. We don’t issue commands like that for no reason.
When told to “Hold Short of Runway XX”, please do just that. If your nose cone is over the line by a few inches, so be it. However, if your entire front wheel and another few feet of your aircraft are over the hold short line, you will be told you were not cleared to enter the runway and run the risk of being reported.
Unless stated in the ATIS, intersection departures are allowed, and they make our lives easier. If you’re in a small commercial or lightweight aircraft, please utilize these intersections. Not only does it allow us to get you out faster, but it also allows us to line up two aircraft at a time and get them out much faster.
Most importantly, use your pilot etiquette. It was really disappointing to watch an A350 taxi at the maximin 35 knots to beat an A320 to the runway. It just shows incompetence and does not represent the qualities that a good pilot, in Expert Server, would have.
All in all, what I saw during my hour and a half at LEPA today wasn’t what I thought it would be like. It wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t what the Expert Server environment should be, nor was it representative of what the Expert Server offers.
I hope this post reaches a majority of the community and together, we will become better pilots. Thank you for reading.