Hey Yoshi! I was BABYBUS. Decent job at KSMF today. Here are some comments.
- One: this is a minor thing, but it’s something I do every time I go into a new ATC thread for the first time. When I request a change to tower’s frequency, it’s a redundant action. The taxi instructions gave me permission to contact tower, so you should just tell me that I was already instructed to change frequency.
- Two: good job on the clear for takeoff w/traffic direction, as well as the first cleared for the option.
- Three: when an aircraft calls inbound, you must give them pattern instructions if there’s no Approach frequency on guard. For United 352, you cleared them directly, which isn’t proper procedure. You’ll only clear aircraft directly if they call inbound on the ILS/GPS and Approach is on guard.
- Four: when I requested a change to 16L, you needed to give me a pattern instruction (and sequence if needed). Any runway change requires a pattern instruction. After that, you must also tell them to make left or right traffic when clearing them for the option on a new runway. After the first clearance, you won’t need the left/right traffic part.
- Five: Having N143747 extend downwind wasn’t needed. They were a small plane and can turn base early; furthermore, extending their downwind only put them closer with the United 352 aircraft, and you would want your small planes far away from jets because the small planes are slower.
- Six: good job on the transition, many people miss that!
- Seven: when I called inbound for touch and go on 16L, I need pattern instructions (like I mentioned earlier), as well as traffic instructions when you clear me for the option (left/right).
- Eight: same issue as when I called inbound for landing on 16R. I need pattern instructions. However, you only needed to clear me for landing because I was calling inbound to land, and that means I’m gonna stop flying.
Here are the major things I think you should work on:
- Pattern instructions: when to use them, and how to use them
- Runway changes
- When to use extend downwind/turn base/I’ll call your base
Here’s what you were pretty good at:
- Sequencing (honestly, very good job)
- Overall flow of things
I think you’re on the right track. You definitely have the basics relatively familiarized; just some things require a bit more familiarization. To learn more about when and how to use pattern instructions, refer to section 6.5 in the IFATC Manual, page 13. For a refresher on clearing for the option/runway changes, refer to section 6.4 in the IFATC Manual, page 12.
Please feel free to let me know if you have more questions or would like some clarification on things, I’ll be glad to help out. You’re doing decent, just keep practicing!