- don’t tune out of Ground frequency after your Pushback request.
- don’t repeat your Pushback request.
On Expert, with the ATC schedule, we often have situations where little airports get an unrealistic amount of traffic, much more than the airport would see in real life. And, that’s fine. But know that you may need to wait…
Today at TFFR, an airport that requires a long back-taxi, we ended up quickly with a line waiting and holding short. The platform got full, and push back was simply not possible. For those having to wait for their Pushback this tip:
Don’t tune out of Ground frequency while waiting for your Pushback clearance
As soon as there’s room to push back, the Ground ATC will pick the first aircraft who has been waiting longest (depending on platform layout and where there’s space). We check the time stamp of your pushback request. If you’ve tuned out and tunes back into Ground frequency, your pushback request was cleared, and you end up back in line.
Today at TFFR I ended up getting busy with aircrafts repeatedly requesting Pushback. Please don’t! One request is enough.
NOTE: before we all start replying how long we once had to wait for a pushback approval, while others did receive pushback before you, yes, I know this happens. But that doesn’t take away from the tips above.