What Are The Most Satisfying Things While Controlling?

For People of IFATC and anyone that controls ATC, what are some of the most satisfying moments that you’ve had or experienced?

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Every pilot following their instructions

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Heathrow and approach with over 40 aircraft in airspace.

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Seeing those ever so satisfying time lapses. 😍

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This is amazing, planes with enough separation for takeoff so that I can Line up, TO, Line up, TO…

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Yeah that’s the best thing

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People following instructions in a timely manner and being respectful and professional always results in fantastic sessions. Simple as that.

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For me it’s replicating real life procedures like runway configurations and stars/sids. Might not always be possible if the traffic is high but it’s always heartwarming haha

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I feel you right there.

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When you get every 30° interception right! ☺

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How about when u clear out a full airport of planes. I like it when I do that at least.

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When your plan works exactly how you wanted it to

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If I had to say the top two things that qualify as a “satisfying moment” for me, it’d be exactly both of these:


I tend to like a difficult configuration since it’s more satisfying that way, such as Aspen, but also when pilots simply follow instructions. Those are the two that really solidify a good session for me at least. :)

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Satisfying things

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There’s no better feeling than acing all your intercepts. Sometimes, my fingers have other plans… 🧱

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Personally I think it’s very satisfying to squeeze an aircraft in an approach queue or controlling as initial approach and setting up a beautiful trail of aircraft.

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When All Pilots follow All My Instructions lol.

And There are Many Planes at RKSI LOL

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Pilots follow all instructions and control the plane safely!

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I found this to be quite difficult lol

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Mine would have to be when the pilots themselves recognize a conflict and I don’t have to tell them anything

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