MaxSez: Tyler’s Tutorial “Intersection Departures” is a fine piece of work! It begins “Intersection Runway Departures can be pretty intimidating for new tower controllers!” It appears both TS-1 and Expert Controllers have been “intimidated”! They just ignore the request or send “No Intersection Departures Accepted”. I drive a Caravan regularly or another of the inventories reciprocators, GA’s, Dash or the trusty C-130. They don’t need 8/10,000 feet to get their Trash off the ground. In the last week and on many other occasions I’ve been denied an intersection Go repeatedly, Bad JuJu!
Today driving a FedEx Caravan I stared out on TS-1 at the Springs “No intersection go”!
I punched out. I expected a better reception on the Expert, Aspin was open so off I went. Half a dozen aircraft in the airspace. 2 at the threshold, 1 rolling on the tarmac and inbound on base.
I’m parked center field, request taxi to the active, roll to the center field intersection hold for 5. Tower give me a hold short, I sit and wait for an arrival, a departure then the Controller has the audacity to send “No Intersection Departures”, the Gaul!
As far as I’m concerned if an aircraft in a Pilots view is capable of launching from an intersection he or her’s judgement shouldn’t be questioned. Controllers are not expected to be informed on the performance characteristics of the inventory. Intersection launches are a flow control tool they expedite. Controllers should approve all intersection Departures unless a safety of flight issue is evident. Additionally, the Comm Menu should be revised forthwith!
It should include a Pilots request for an intersection departure/taxi request. What say you members?
GA All the way!