Hi! I’m an avid controller wanting to be a part of IFATC. This is my tracking thread where you can see where I am open, and for how long I will be. I am currently closed.
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It is recommended that you keep an eye on this thread while you are flying with me as ATC because I will post important information here.
“I’ll call your base” “turn base” and speed commands are all mostly used for making gaps in between arrivals to sequence out departures, and other things such as that. Using those commands to space out aircraft, or to otherwise heavily control the movement of traffic on tower is called, at least here in IFATC, over-controlling. It’s best not to over control doing so, as it causes more work for you, and is completely unnecessary. For spacing between aircraft, sequencing aircraft makes spacing the responsibility of the pilot. When you only have only 1 aircraft in the pattern, or whenever an aircraft is number one, I’ll Call your Base and Turn base aren’t necessary at all unless you’re trying to make room for departures, or are possible coordinating tower traffic with an Approach controller’s inbound traffic. Either way, you won’t really need these at KIAH, especially not for the traffic conditions I was in. -@Tish
If you can think of each runway having it’s own pattern, there’s only three ways for an aircraft to enter the pattern a runway.
They can take off from that runway and remain in the pattern. When you clear someone for takeoff remaining in the pattern, that is their pattern entry. You follow that up with a sequencing if necessary once they’re on downwind, and finally clear them for the option when on downwind or base.
They can be in the pattern for a different runway at your airport. In this case, you’re going to have to use a pattern entry command. Figure that N1YZ is on right downwind, 33R, and he wants to switch to 33L, but you want him to stay on downwind because there’s an aircraft on final, you would give a pattern entry command reading, “N1YZ, enter right downwind, runway 10L, traffic to follow is on final.” This way I’ve been sequenced, and have been properly entered into the pattern.
The aircraft is inbound. In this case, you would use the same command as above, although you’ll have different things to consider when it comes to the call on where in the pattern to fit them.
One disclaimer is that when it comes to how you enter an aircraft into the pattern, whether it be downwind, base, straight in, you need to consider:
Your plan for the pattern and where you want the aircraft to fit in
Other aircraft on other runway and how they can conflict
Physical capabilities (i.e You don’t want an aircraft on downwind that hasn’t past the runway to turn base)
When controlling ground, the “give way” command is great for managing traffic since you can command an aircraft to give way, and you don’t need to follow it up with any other commands. The plane can continue to taxi without the need of a tower command. Hold position needs a tower command to start the plane to move again. Just remember the difference.
IFATC, TL3’s and above, this tracking thread is a wiki, so you can add your feedback in one of the sections above. Thanks!
Thanks for flying! Remember to check back here to see if I am currently open!