This is all about Expert server just in case that isn’t clear.
Why do controllers frequently shut down pattern work when traffic is pretty light?
I understand restrictions when there are constant calls and multiple approach frequencies, but when there are just a few planes at the airport it seems unnecessary to suddenly prohibit pattern work.
I think this is especially odd when there are multiple runways at the airport so normal approaches wouldn’t even be affected by the pattern work.
Since I’m not IFATC obviously, I’d be interested to hear from someone who is or knows more about this.