In the past month using live, I have noticed that everybody taxis to the end of the runway no matter what plane they are in. What I mean is that there is no need to use the full length of the runway when you are in a CRJ-200 (for example) unless the runway length indeed is short enough that you need to do so.
Being in a CRJ-200 (once again this applies to smaller aircraft in general), I taxied and held short of the runway at a taxiway that was not at the very end of the runway and I requested takeoff clearance. I was ordered to hold short of the runway which was what I expected. I know that just because I was at an empty taxiway leading to the runway doesn’t mean that I can cut everyone else that was waiting in the taxi way at the end of the runway. However, I took note of where I would have been in line if I did go to the taxiway that everyone else used. I waited for the aircraft that would have been in front of me to take off, and then I prepared to line up on the runway. However, I was not given takeoff clearance. This is exactly what I was fearing. The planes that had started taxi to the runway way after me were already receiving takeoff clearance while I was still holding short of the runway. I was starting to fear that planes would keep streaming to the last taxiway at the end of the runway and I would never get takeoff clearance (of course eventually I would, but you know). In total I waited about 15 to 20 minutes to get takeoff clearance. I am not complaining about the time it took, I am complaining about the fact that people who go to the end of the runway despite their aircraft size seem to get priority over the people who hold short of the runway at a realistic position on the runway.
I’m not saying that I should have gotten priority over everyone else, I’m saying that I should have been given takeoff clearance after the people that I would have been behind if I had used the same taxiway as anyone else.
Generally this is just a plea to the pilots, to not always use the taxiway at the end of the runway and crowd a taxiwayespecially if you don’t need that much runway length.
This is also a plea to the ATC, to not make people at other taxiways wait longer than they should to receive takeoff clearance. Also if an aircraft sends another request for takoff a while after they sent it the first time, it would be nicer to say “callsign XX hold short of runway XX” instead of “Callsign XX, avoid sending duplicate messages”. I feel like the second message should only be used if a user is requesting something too often or within too short of a time interval between the original message and the second message.
I’m not trying to name names or point fingers, but just be more aware.
If this topic is in the wrong category, please let me know.
This was on the expert server.