Ok first off I would just like to say, that I have read how to contact a controller, moderator, etc. Still I had trouble. Even though I found the correct ATC name, it would not show me that person’s name anywhere on the page, when searching with “Ctrl+F” After following the procedure to PM someone. I found his name. Manually searched, then used Ctrl+F. I may have made a mistake I don’t really know. So I do apologize that this is not going through the proper channels and may cause a bit of unwanted activity on the improper channels. I am sure that the moderators are quite busy with trying to respond and whatnot to all the comments they receive. And I trust that this will be transferred over to the proper channel and/or moderator.
With that said, this brings me to the issue I came across this evening. I should say first, that I am not a newcomer to this sim. I have used it quite often before. I made it to G5 a few years ago. With around 7 violations, I think. I quit for awhile. And am seeking a pilot’s license in real life. A few months from now I begin my training. So, I started using this sim again, as a way to refresh and hone my skills.
Now, to the point and issue I had tonight -
I was flying patterns at EGLC. At approximately 11:30pm to 12:10am (CDT) All was well.
I T&G 2 times. Then on the third, I came to a full stop. Then a controller change was in progress. IFATC Wilco062 took command of ATC. From which point, I requested taxi to RWY 27. Then later T.O. Remaining in Pattern. I flew 1 or 2 patterns with ATC. On the last pattern, I was simply instructed “#2 Traffic to follow is on final”. I obeyed. Then I was told to extend downwind. I obeyed. Then I was instructed to turn base. I obeyed.
Noticing I had not been cleared for landing, I took out a notch of flaps and pulled the gear up and maintained 120ft over the runway. The last pattern instructed, was right pattern. So I continued in the same pattern, turning right downwind for RWY 27.
At this point, I already suspect, he is about to send me a ghost warning. So I get my screenshot fingers ready. lol. Funny not funny, really. Then he gave me the follow instruction/ghost warning.
I screenshot it. And from there on out, I took screenshots of every communication thereafter.
I will provide them below.
Before I do, I want the moderators and Wilco062 to understand this:
I am currently G3 with zero violations. And I don’t intend to get any. Yet I do understand it does happen. People make mistakes.
I completely understand, that when frequencies get busy or you have other people not following instructions, (which there was one, he ghosted someone before I requested T.O.) and you often times have a lot on your plate. And may be used to… well lets just call it what it is… ignorant people. I however, am not one of them.
I enjoy communicating with ATC. And I trust their commands. That is the SAME reason, why I did not choose to land. I had no clearance. He just said, “behind the traffic on final”. I received no clearance. So what am I to do? Trust ATC? Or trust my instincts, in conjunction with the commands that ATC has given me, and decide the best outcome? That is why I did not touch my wheels to the strip.
Now, with all of that said… Sorry it this is so long, but I have given you every detail possible. I am not mad at Wilco062. Mistakes happen. And if I happen to be in the wrong, then by all means, please inform me. I am no stranger to constructive criticism. The best thing about a mistake, is that we can learn from it and get better. I would suggest that all ATC review their past commands, before threatening a ghosting. Just as I do as a pilot, and other times playing ATC in the Training Server. A person was ghosted 5 minutes or so, just before I received my warning, for taxing on grass. I thought I was next. Although, the other ghosting was fully legit. I saw it myself.
In conclusion, I hold no hard feelings. Just wanted to bring this to the attention of Wilco062. As this is the only way to communicate. Wilco062 is a very good controller. All was well, up until this point. He delegated commands effectively. And in a very timely manner. Very efficient execution of commands.
Unless I am mistaken, I think he just got off his game, having to deal with that other guy taxing on the grass, and refusing his instructions and not responding to them.
He might have thought he cleared me. I was just thinking that if I land without clearance, I get a warning or ghosted. If I don’t land and remain in the previous pattern that he instructed me to, I get a warning or would be ghosted. So I chose the best option available to me. Because he thought he gave me clearance. Yet none was given. So “wheels up, flaps up. Continue in right pattern.” Were my thoughts.
If I made a mistake, let me know. I will own up to it. It will be a lesson for me. If you made a mistake, Wilco062, it may be a lesson for you. Either way, I look forward to your reply, and to have you as a well respected ATC again. Request permission to fly in your skies Sir? :) Good Day.