I was holding short of runway 24 at KNUC for about 20 minutes because Tower was letting aircraft 10+ nautical miles out land without letting anyone takeoff. It’s annoying and a tad frustrating when I want to start flying, only for it to be hindered due to the Air Traffic Control leaving, coming back, leaving, and doing silly stuff such as what I’ve just described above.
I know it might sound like complaining, and you’re not entirely wrong. But I want you to look at it like this.
You load up, get taxi permission, and stop behind an aircraft halfway over the hold short line. They decide to pushback, so now YOU need to pushback to make some room, so now the aircraft behind you need to do so, and the cycle continues. THEN after 10 minutes, the aircraft behind you is tired of waiting and just taxis through you and the aircraft in front of you, and NOW the aircraft in front of you decides to request permission to taxi to the runway from GROUND versus utilizing unicom to announce that they’re taking off. After that, you want to remain a good noodle so you wait, and wait, and wait for the never ending stream of landing aircraft to end. When it finally ends, you activate your strobes and go to unicom-BUT WAIT! Tower is online again! Deactivate strobes, and request permission to takeoff. You are told to do exactly what you’ve been doing for the last 10+ minutes…hold short of the runway. Out of boredom, you look at the map and see that the closest aircraft on approach is 12 nautical miles out! Not wanting to be rude, you wait for it to land. After it lands, you wait another 5 minutes. Tower hasn’t contacted you. Instead, tower is contacting another aircraft which is over 10 nautical miles out on approach. You know you can takeoff before it has to worry about “jetwash” or anything of the sort, so you resend your request to takeoff. Nope. Hold short. By this time, the line behind you is a sizable 15 aircraft. Oh boy. A few of them are just taxing to the front at this point. Eventually half the line is taxing through you (it was at this point that I decided “ah screw it” and left).
That’s the scenario I just experienced. More or less however it was just confusing and a bit comical in my opinion. You guys have any funny experiences with ATC or while taxing?
Does this fall under Live-ATC as well? Not entirely sure.
(I failed to mention that I watched 60% of these landings end with the pilots almost front-flipping their aircraft, and a whole bunch of Tomcats and Raptors decided to fly over at supersonic speeds)