So lately while I have been controlling on expert and I’m sure my fellow IFATC controllers can agree with me, there has been a lack of common sense from the pilot side of things. There was previously a topic or two about this but they don’t address all common sense issues and are a little outdated, hence why I created this topic. Please read below.
Common Sense While On Ground
The following things should be kept in mind while on the ground frequency.
When Told To Taxi To A Runway
When you’re told to taxi to a runway, you listen and taxi to that runway. You don’t proceed to spam the atc frequency asking for the runway you want. The runways being used are clearly stated on the ATIS frequency. So if you request to taxi to a runway not being used it causes you and the controller to send back and forth unecessary messages which is the last thing the controller needs. One other thing to mention is that when a controller says expect runway (x) in the pushback message, you pushback facing towards that runway and know that, that runway is going to most likely be the one you’re taxiing too. So don’t push to the runway you want. Because ultimately ATC is going to make you taxi to the runway they want you to taxi too. This also saves them the extra messages.
While taxiing, you need to use common sense. If an aircraft is taxiing in front of you, don’t try to get around it. All that does is cause chaos, which turns the expert server into the training server. And especially do not taxi through it. IFATC will ghost if you do so. Also something to note is if there is a line on the taxi way because there are multiple aircraft in line for takeoff, don’t do anything that you think will get you in the air faster. As said above all it causes is chaos. Finally, while merging lines, simply be courteous and allow one from one side to go, and one from the other to go after and follow that procedure. It saves us from spending time on ground to fix a mess that could’ve been prevented by the pilots.
While On The Tower Frequency
The following things should be kept in mind while on the tower frequency.
Requesting Takeoff While First In Line
This is one that controllers can definitely agree here. It is so simple as well. When you request to takeoff while in 2nd and beyond in the line, it is one, an unnecessary message. Two, it causes confusion as controllers usually have to try to remember as best they can who is in the line and what order they are in. So avoid requesting takeoff when second or third and beyond in the line.
Exiting Runway After Landing
Whether or not a controller gives you the exit command, it is you’re responsibility to get off the runway as soon as possible. Especially in a busy airspace. Its as simple as that. Don’t hang out on the runway, as it causes controllers to have to instruct to arounds and a whole bunch of unnecessary commands when the issue was simply because someone doesn’t care about what controllers want them to do. So just do them a favor and get the heck off the runway.
QUICK HITS FOR COMMON SENSE ON APPROACH
Don’t wait to call in 20 miles out from FL360, that’ll get you a tour of the surrounding area
don’t change runways when you switch to tower, there is communication between tower/approach constantly
Want ILS/GPS/Visual??? Don’t say “With you” on first contact, ask for what you want, it makes it 10x easier for us.
While you can switch to approach really far out now, it doesn’t do you much good. Begin your descent on your own, then call in 75 miles and inward.
~Approach credit to @mwe2187
Extra General Info
Please do not takeoff from an airfield right beside the one we’re controlling and expect to go straight to the runway, that’s not the case. You’ll get sent to the back of the line then line up for your intercept.
Please also do not report airport in sight when I intentionally turn you away from the airfield because you’re too high or you not being requested to do so.
^^^Credits to @Matthew_Chan
Thanks for reading everyone. Please keep this topic in the back of you’re head while flying on expert as this essence of common sense is really needed.
If there is another issue you’d like me to address then reply below and I’ll add it up here. Have a great rest of your day/night.