Almost a year ago now, holding patterns was introduced for IF. It was a brilliant addition, to be able to sequence planes in a standardized holding pattern – easing the load for radar controllers. However, it has always been troublesome to use, because ATC have no way to see where the holding pattern will actually be.
I am suggesting a way for controllers to see holding patterns visually. This could be a permanent selection, so the controller would see the holding pattern regardless of what he is doing.
The way this could be accomplished is with the help of the existing waypoints where he would place the holding pattern. The controller could tap on a waypoint (fix, waypoint or airport), and he would be presented with a menu:
1: > Show holding pattern (left turn)
2: > Show holding pattern (right turn)
With this method, the controller can easily see which aircraft are in the holding pattern (something that is very hard to do now), in addition to seeing which aircraft that are put in said holding – but isn’t following it correctly.
Don’t think this topic needs a visualization picture, as it is pretty self-explanatory.
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