Just finished a 3 hours Ground & Tower session at KSFO. At first I was scared that it would be to crowded and busy to be a good practice, but in the end it wasn’t as horrible as I had expected.
It was actually quite nice with about 3-10 aircraft to handle every 15 minutes. Most of the pilots followed instructions, so I was very happy with that.
For my fellow ATC trainees: I don’t think KSFO is the best airport to practice just before your ATC practical test. I think it would be better to practice on a smaller airport with 2 parallel runways. But I do think its great to practice your overall skills as a controller. It helped me with: getting better familiarized with the overal ATC button layout, better knowledge of ground and taxi commands, working under a little pressure and busyness of airspace, pattern instructions and runway crossings.
In the end I had a great time controlling on KSFO. Thank you pilots who came inbound and did patterns. It was great seeing you all come in for landing or take off. Also, thanks to those who followed instructions. If you have any comments on your experience, feel free to send me some feedback. Anything is always welcome.
Until next time!