I’m begging to get a question answered. Not going to pull any names here, but when is it appropriate to call inbound to tower?
I was 30Nm out from EGLL so I had listened to ATIS beforehand and checked that I was landing on a correct runway etc, and so when tower appeared on list of frequencies, I tuned in, and called inbound, and was met with “Check forum for instructions.” Do note that at the time, Approach was not active, that is why I did not tune into approach beforehand.
So naturally, I was wondering what in the world I did wrong, so I watched the “Using ATC during your flight” video by Skyhawk Heavy, and nowhere was it to be seen that I did something wrong.
Here’s a brief timeline:
(30Nm) me: Calls inbound
(30Nm) ATC: Check forum
(30Nm) ATC: Enter straight in rwy 27R
(15Nm) ATC: Cleared to land
(15Nm) Me: Responds
IFATC on the expert server, can you please tell me if I did something wrong? I wasn’t the only one who got this message from this ATC during the session.
P.S. great job on IFATC being able to handle 50+ planes arriving at EGLL! Your work sometimes matches those of real ATC.