How to Sideslip and when to use it

March, 9, 2022 by

Have you ever been controlling and had a situation where you have 2 landing aircraft that don’t have enough spacing?  You’re probably worried that it will cause a go-around.

To avoid a go-around, you can use a technique called sideslipping.This is where you will assign an aircraft a new landing runway.

Some points to keep in mind:

  1. The runways will have to be parallel.
  2. The aircraft cannot be doing an ILS approach when you use this procedure.
  3. All aircraft are VFR when there is no approach frequency active, so if there’s no approach frequency active, you can use it as you’d like to. You can watch the video linked below to learn how to sideslip.
ButterAllDay is a contributor for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Specialist and Grade 4 pilot. He is a real-world plane spotter.

Sequencing, speed commands and 360s without approach

January, 11, 2022 by

I got out of a local session at Madrid Barajas (LEMD) around a day ago, and I did not have approach to help me. At the time, Madrid was the hub on the ATC schedule.

To handle these busy airspaces without approach, you need to go back to the basics.

Remember what you were taught while in training. The most important thing to do in this situation is to sequence. The planes need to know what plane they are following.

Speed commands are another important thing to use in this situation. A lot of times, the separation will be low, so you can use speed commands to make the separation what it needs to be. Left/right 360s are another great thing to use in this situations.

If a speed command cannot resolve the spacing issue, simply issue a 360. Do not panic, be confident in yourself. If you use these things that I talked about, it will make your session without approach in a busy airspace much easier.

ButterAllDay is a contributor for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Specialist and Grade 4 pilot. He is a real-world plane spotter.