Should I Stay or Should I Go, Diverting

September, 23, 2020 by

“So if you want me off your back. Well, come on and let me know. Should I stay or should I go?”

That’s relatable from The Clash. That’s the dialogue one has when deciding whether or not to divert.

There’s three scenarios.

  1. Approach closes, and leaves Tower to suffer in anything but silence for a bit.
  2. Tower closes and it gets a bit spicy on the ground.
  3. The entire airport closes and, you know the rest.

It’s a thing you will run into on the expert server because the controllers do eventually have to leave and there is not always going to be a willing participant to replace them.

So, do you make like The Clash or stick it out? Personally, I’d go. This is where planning comes in, having an alternative before you takeoff is key. Know where your exits are. Have a plan B, C, and D.

If it’s clear who to follow, go for it and try to make it in, if you’re uncomfortable though with how disorganized it is then leave. Trust your gut.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More