I was wondering about making this topic (probably already exists) but i’m a bit sick of the stupid behaviour of some (lots, in fact) of pilots when i’m running as ATC.
So this is basically a message to all pilots here : WHEN THE ATC GIVE YOU INSTRUCTIONS, YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT THEY SAY !!!
I mean, for now i play only on training serv, and there’s a lot of people who apparently don’t know how to read cause it’s always written on the screen before you start the flight : you have to listen and respect the requests given to you by the ATC.
So to the bunch of pilots who seems to don’t know what they’re doing with ATC, here’s a list of things i’m tired to see :
- Using the wrong frequence : Seriously dudes, don’t you know the difference between “departure” and “approach” ? The airports with controllers are usually the busiest ones, so don’t make their work more difficult by tuning to a frequence already busy, which is even the wrong one
- Tuning to a frequence miles away : Same as precedent. If you’re too far away from an ATC zone, just don’t tune to it. There’s no point on doing that, you will be off screen, and just adding stress to a controller already busy. Same if you’re not going through the center you’re tuned to.
Leaving/ask fro frequency change before you should : I’ve seen a diagram showing which frequency you should be tuned to depending to your altitude : above 18000 ft, you must be tuned to the Center you’re in. Between 5000 and 18000, you must tune to Approach/Departure. And below 5000 ft, you’re in Tower’s hand. SO STOP LEAVING MY FREQUENCY OR ASK ME TO CHANGE WHEN YOU’RE STILL AT 10000, JUST WAIT FOR ME TO GIVE YOU THE CLEARANCE.
-Not listening to ATC : And this is the biggest point of this topic. Why in the world you guys don’t listen to ATC ? ATC isn’t here to bother you, it’s here to make sure you fly and land safely on the appropriate runway. So stop trying to be jackasses who just want to follow their FPL, if the ATC gives you vectors, you follow them, you’re not the only one in the sky, and the controllers are here to make the traffic safe with the minimum of delays. The ATC knows what’s good for you. You don’t. So listen to them, and do what they asks. Even if it’s not what you’ve planned, there’s probably a good reason for the ATC’s requests.
And also, as i’ve played a lot as an Approach controller, stop trying to land on longer runways, those ones are for take offs.