I’ve been dipping toes into the new world of being ATC in the last week and have attempted to take the helm of the controls at a few airports. I have a concern/ question specifically about my own conduct here, and out of common courtesy to other pilots who are flying whilst I am controlling. I’ve learned my entire ATC knowledge through experience of flying as a pilot, but never operating as an actual ATC which is an entirely different kettle of fish.
I know that it’s the training server, however I am certainly weary of ruining the enjoyment of other pilots by giving them bogus instructions and misdirecting them by mistake whilst I am trying to learn the art of ATC as well.
Is it therefore a complete no no to take the controls and make a mess of directing people on the training server and are there repercussions from doing so? For example, misdirecting angles on approach, making a mess of step procedures to follow? I’m weary of the fact that the pilot will certainly not be pleased but at the same time trying to learn myself (no trolling on my part at all of course - all genuine!).
Basically, is it allowed/ or totally discourteous to take the ATC controls on training without a higher level of experience? And if a mess is made, what are the comebacks other than personal learning? My No.1 priority is not to ruin the experience for others on training (or any server). I intend to practice and practice but don’t wish to ruin the experience of others at the same time.