This week we will be controlling at busy London Heathrow Airport, enjoy!
I’d like to thank the following people who are hard at work behind the scenes to get the content you see every day out to you, whether that be videos, social media posts or blog posts.
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– Kyle Boas, ATC Education Group Manager
It’s important to understand that while under flight following, you do not delegate any of you responsibilities as pilot in command to ATC. You are still responsible for seeing and avoiding other aircraft.
The size of the oval created on the map when you are instructed to enter a holding pattern is dependent on your speed in ground speed.
When instructed to enter a holding pattern, a oval will appear on your map. In this example I was put into a hold over KSNA at 15,000ft, right turns. I entered the hold using a direct entry.
Above is a visual of when and where aircraft can see the airport, to report airport in sight. In this scenario KSAN is using runway 27, so aircraft would be flying eastbound. The white line signifies the path the pilot will be able to see the airport, the grey is a path the pilot would not be able to see the airport.
This is a helpful piece of information to have for approach controllers who are learning when to issue a “report airport in sight” command. If they can’t see the airport, how are they supposed to report airport in sight?
The 30 second marker is a projection path line of the aircraft. It is used by Approach controllers to judge when to vector aircraft. The length of the line is dependent on the speed of the aircraft.
Learn as we learn and learn as we share our knowledge of things you may never discover anywhere else, regarding ATC. We will be posting daily (don’t hold us to that) facts and information in short digestible posts, made for those short attention spans. Our motto, never stop learning! You definitely will not if you follow along.
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We base the information we share off of the procedures used in the popular mobile flight simulator, Infinite Flight. It’s important to know this because the procedures we will share can vary from those used in the real world. If you have not yet downloaded Infinite Flight, go to the App Store or Google Play Store, we’d highly recommend you do so as it offers the most comprehensive experience you can get on a mobile device.
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