One of the biggest annoyances for controllers, especially approach controllers like me, is when we have a nice sequence that is working perfectly then we see those few pilots who think they can get service if they take off less than 25NM away from that one main hub airport. Recently I have been denying this traffic because we should not be encouraging this especially when it’s extremely busy. It doesn’t just ruin the rest of the pilots’’ experience who have been patient but ruins the controller’s experience as well.
What I Suggest We Should Do:
I believe one of the easiest workarounds is that we should get a new deny entry command specifically for this issue considering how common it is. During a one hour session, I may encounter up to 15 pilots trying to takeoff very close by. The new deny entry command can be something like the following:
“Local Traffic and Short Hops are not permitted at this time. Please arrive from a farther airspace.”
Why Not Use Other Deny Entry Commands?
The reason I believe this new command is needed is that the current ones don’t help our case of informing the pilot of what they are doing is wrong. “Airport Is Full” doesn’t tell a pilot much and most of the time they don’t understand why the airport is “full” especially when there are pilots being vectored in. This command will help pilots understand what they are doing wrong and hopefully, in turn, make them stop taking off right beside a major hub airport.