After doing nearly 2 hours of approach and departure work at Sydney’s Sir Charles Kingsford Smith International airport, I can now empathise with all ATC controllers.
Even though I have done some pattern work before, I haven’t done it at the same rate, intensity and frustration than previously.
Amid the chaos there were a handful who obeyed my instructions. And I appreciate that. However a vast majority of pilots were not obeying instructions, refusing to tune into the frequency and do as they please. I understand this was a playground server but the server is intended for pilots to practice server regulations which include abiding with air traffic control.
To every single and solitary air traffic controller on playground and advanced, especially the advanced server, I have full and complete understanding and empathy with the chaos you must control. Keep up the fantastic work you do for all of us 24/7, 365/366 days a year.
Of course, we will forever be in you debt for your time, patience, understanding, professionalism and empathy as you, like us, are human beings.
To all ATC, a very, very much understated but sincere, thank you.
Andre Mitson (Sexy Pepsi)