Over the last few months I have been experiencing a certain issue with Pilots in the Takeoff Line.
As you can see in this picture of NZAA there are 2 parallel taxiways leading towards the runway (23L), this leads to a lot of people trying to cut the takeoff line. Usually this isn’t a big problem as I (the Controller) tell them to hold Position and write down the Name of the Plane that the Pilot trying to cut the line would be behind if he had gone the common way. Once it is his/her turn I tell the Plane in the right Lane to give way to them and all works fine. If it’s only a few I use the new progressive taxi instrucrions.
That is how it is should work…
Here comes the issue:
As you can see in the picture a lot of the Piots have allready switched to the Tower frequencie, thus taking away the Control that the Ground-controller had over the line… -> No way to sequence the departure line in it’s correct order.
Many would say to let the “Lanecutters” sit where they are and wait for a gap to fit them in, yet I find this not to be fair and usually results in them taxing through others -> getting ghosted. Of course this isn´t the case at all airports, as you can see below there is not much the ground Controler has to do at WADD …
So my request: Please stay on the Ground frequencie as long as you could still be in any form of conflict with others / until you are Number 2 for departure. As you all know you only request takeoff when first in line, so there is realy no need to switch frequencies that realy.
Help us out and we will help you out !
Enjoy the test of your Weekend…