Hi, I had an interesting experience just now flying into Toronto Intl using a Porter Dash 8. I came in on a regional route from the east.
This is not something where I want to question the individual controllers, but rather raise a point and perhaps get some discussion on it…
Winds at Toronto were 350/25G35 knots… The active runways were 05 and 06R, so a concern for me in a Dash 8.
I therfore planned a GPS approach to Rwy 33R, with FP filed, the safer choice. When I requested my GPS approach to 33R I was given the standard “expect vectors for ILS approach 06R”. I didn’t seem to have any communication option to let the controller know this was an issue… I had no way to know whether the controller had any awareness of my aircraft type and the reason I needed 33R.
I continued on to see what options might be available later. I had no choice really but to accept the ILS approach, which was really extremely far out for the Dash 8, especially considering I had to hand fly the approach in a strong crosswind from nearly 4000ft.
Once switching to Tower, instead of calling inbound I tried the “request runway change” option… But frustratingly I lost the mobile data connection, so I got disconnected.
I am just wondering, what would the tower controller have done with my request, and should the runway change request not be an option for asking the approach controller? Maybe if that was there the controller may have reconsidered my aircraft type and the wind? Surely with the runways available at the airport accomodation should be made for a Dash 8 in such conditions?