Has this happened to anyone else?
I recieved a violation today for remaining idle on a runway while following ATC instructions. Either the controller was new and didn’t know what they were doing, or they accidentally forgot to clear me for takeoff (ATC Playground, who really knows!). They told me to line up and wait while another plane took off, but then they just had me sit there on the runway.
After I received my violation, they cleared me to remain in the pattern, I took off, and lost contact with the tower on my downwind. The ATC icon was greyed out and the map showed no one controlling, but it was still highlighted green. When I ended the flight it showed no new stats for the flight and zeros for flight time. I checked my stats and the violation did report.
I’m not sure this violation should apply to pilots following ATC instructions. If anything the controller should get a warning notice that they left a plane idle on their runway.
I’m posting this under bugs because of the grayed out ATC icon and the stats not updating at the end of the flight. I had a good connection throughout.
-August 4, 2015
-about 2300 Zulu
-Call sign “VF031”
-Flying a Citation
-About 5 fliers region wide
-About 3 controllers region wide