Busy Frequency

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Busy Frequency

Postby Anthony Santanastaso » Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:26 pm

I worked ATC this morning and it was a busy two hours! Here is a clip from the second hour with the silence removed between transmissions; however, many of the transmissions were immediate even in real time. As you can hear from a lot of the step overs, I operate as one large combined sector and can talk to everyone but each pilot is on their respective frequency and cannot hear the other aircraft on different frequencies. I can talk over their readbacks in order to transmit to another aircraft and it doesn't impact their ability to transmit. You learn to make strategic decisions on when to speak and to listen really carefully, not to mention multitask!

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Re: Busy Frequency

Postby bruce » Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:46 pm

Multitasking, no kidding. I take my hat of to you Sir!
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Re: Busy Frequency

Postby gavink42 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:52 pm

Holy carp! How do you process all that ?
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Re: Busy Frequency

Postby Jeff N » Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:19 pm

Wow, that was intense...! Nice job sir.

And I was thinking that network activity was down lately. Clearly I'm flying at the wrong times.
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Re: Busy Frequency

Postby Kim Ellis » Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:48 am

Nice one Anthony. Bloody great to hear a recording where I have not been deleted (sorry Keith, couldn't resist), and great to hear so many of my ghostly flying mates online so early. Anthony, we were only musing earlier why we hadn't had you as controller recently, so welcome back, if you did indeed take a break. As for this morning, we have discussed among ourselves often, your controller and multitasking abilities. This morning I found it difficult to find a spot where I thought I could jump in with a report-in and not step on someone. That is always a good indication to me that ATC is very busy. And when you oh so casually tore up my arrival flightplan into LAS and gave me a zero notice 07R visual, I had even more trouble getting a word in edgewise. It is nice to have a controller who can read, dare I say it, even cheerfully, the opening announcement in the morning, including the ending good morning. For those us where it is 0200 real world time, and we are sitting upside down, it actually makes a world of difference. Anyway, not wanting to give you a swelled head, keep doing what you're doing, it is appreciated. And please, any good audios like today, we really want to hear, along with any commentary. It enhances the whole PE experience.
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Re: Busy Frequency

Postby MervA » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:26 pm

Kim Ellis wrote:For those us where it is 0200 real world time, and we are sitting upside down,


Oh right !!!! Kim, that's why I am having difficulty reading those darn charts.

Let me see . . . . . do I turn it upside down, or is it back to front to compensate hmmm !! :lol:


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Re: Busy Frequency

Postby Kim Ellis » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:52 pm

MervA wrote:
Kim Ellis wrote:For those us where it is 0200 real world time, and we are sitting upside down,


Oh right !!!! Kim, that's why I am having difficulty reading those darn charts.

Let me see . . . . . do I turn it upside down, or is it back to front to compensate hmmm !! :lol:


Cheers from Merv, keep well mate.


LOL, sometimes neither works for me :( I was merrily taxiing out to the runway the other day at John Wayne, when Anthony had to pull me up and tell my I was going in the exact 180 wrong direction. After staring at the chart for what must have seemed hours to him, it finally tweaked that where I thought I was parked was at the totally wrong end of the airport. Talk about loss of situational analysis. That little arrow on the chart is a good hint :) but doesn't always seem to tweak when you're down under. I listen to KLAS real world a lot and you would be surprised at how many times in a week real world pilots do exactly the same thing. Requesting progressive taxi is usually their response. Makes me feel better, even if it is inexcuseable.
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Re: Busy Frequency

Postby Keith Smith » Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:05 am

The best thing you can do while taxiing is check your heading indicator or compass. More often than not, if you're taxiing on the same heading as the runway number, you're going the wrong way.
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