Multiple Controllers Calling

Hello all,

Please forgive me as I’m still very new, but I’ve been really addicted to IF since joining two months ago and want to learn. Also, this is not meant to be a complaint at all, but a learning point for me.

While on the TS and flying in to JFK, I contacted NY Approach to be directed in towards the airport when I was sent a guard message from JFK Tower that I was in an active airspace and to switch to the tower frequency, which I did. I was then cleared to land, but was still way too high to do so. I was then hailed by approach again, followed by another call by Departures while trying to go around.

When you have multiple controllers trying to control you, how do you choose who to talk with? Again, I’m not complaining about the controllers because they’re probably learning as well. I’m just trying to figure out how do you decide who to speak with when more than one is calling you!

Thanks for any advice you can offer.


Hi Rob!

In your scenario, you were flying on the Training Server. This means that not all controllers know what they’re doing.

However, if you’re talking to Approach, they should hand you over to tower themselves once you established on the localizer (or established for the approach).

On Expert, this is what would happen. However on Training, this may not be the case. I’d take all instructions from TS controllers with a grain of salt; i.e. if you believe what the controller is telling you is irrational (e.g. vectoring you into mountains), I’d use the “unable” command and fly as you deem necessary.


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