Hello to the IF community! First I’d like to say IF is pretty amazing and so seems to be most of the community. I’ve read many many posts here but only recently created an account here and this is my first created topic.
I flew fs9/2004 for several years. I flew for VAs, and used VATSIM and IVAO to some extent, but never did act as a controller. It’s been half a decade since I did much with flight simming (haven’t really had a computer most of that time). Now I’ve been getting into it again and I’ve been reading and studying like crazy, to the point it gives me headaches. I’m trying to relearn the old things and learn things I never did completely learn. It’s been quite fun!
Anyway, on to the real topic here. I did my first controlling as ground control for about 3 hrs last night at a few different airports on TS1. I picked a quiet airport with an average of about 3-4 ground aircraft every 10 mins to learn the menus. I have to say it was very fun and one heck of an adrenaline rush! I did later go to YSSY which was quiet, but at one point I had 7 aircraft appear on ground in about 15 seconds. Things got slightly overwhelming, but it was still very fun! I do believe I could quite possibly get addicted to controlling and enjoy it even more than flying. Such an exciting experience!
I will say, I didn’t fully realize how crazy people can be there until now. Randomly driving around the airport at 60kts,speedong down a rwy at 100kts, stopping, turning around, ppl speeding through and past other planes to be a jerk. One guy spent 20 mins randomly speeding all around the airport. It got to the point I just burst out laughing at how crazy he was. I decided ppl like that I’ll ignore and pretend they don’t exist at all. It’s impossible to direct traffic if someone is completely unpredictable. I also found how impatient ppl are. 6 ppl contacting you, and 2 or 3 of them repeat their request 4 times before you get a chance to get to them. Give me a minute. I can only read/listen/look around and tap so fast haha.
I did get one big surprise though. Surprising because they were a grade 5 person. I expected them to know what to do. But nope. This is how it went.
N123 request taxi to 18R. N123 taxi to 25…N123 request taxi to 18R…N123 taxi to 25…N123 request taxi to 18R…N123 taxi to 25…N123 changes frequency, expedites to 18R and takes off.
Well, it was fun anyway. Just some of my first experiences with new… And apparently not so new pilots. Overall I still loved the experience and will most certainly be doing it again tonight! I just wanted to post a bit about my past and newest flight Sim experiences. Hopefully I will meet many of you on the ground and in the air. If I keep enjoying the rush of controlling I just may not be in the air as much haha.
Happy flying and controlling!