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"We are going to give you gentlemen a chance to talk to the pilots and tell us some of the major headaches that pilots inflict on you, and what are some of the major mistakes you see on a regular basis. John, why don't you start us off."
"Well, probably one of the biggest ones is just not
listening. This is all about communications, and it is all about two-way
communications. And it's making a transmission, and no answer. Then you are --
okay, did he hear it and maybe did not respond? Did he not hear it? Is the radio
turned down? Is he NORDO? Is he high-jacked? You just do not know. So, not
listening is -- I do not know if it is number one, but it is definitely way up
Another one that you hear a lot today, and is
really kind of a useless response is: "Got him on the fish finder."
"Got him on Discovery channel." When you call traffic, you hear the response that
they are on the TCAS or they are on the TIZ or whatever. Nice to know, but it
really does not do anything for the controller. If you are responsible for
getting two airplanes to see each other for a visual approach, or you are trying
to apply visual separation, or you are trying to make a traffic call, you have
to have the visual. So, save that for the hangar flying session or something
"I think something that gets to us, sometimes, is
we have to work in a very structured environment, with IFR and
sometimes even VFR. And you get some pilots who say "We see the airport and we have seen it
since Albany; we've seen it since Kennedy..." That's great but we can't do anything right now. The controllers just say "fly such and such a
heading" - and again, for a reason. This is your sequence. And then as you get
close to the final, we will start turning you in and start pointing out traffic
for the visual.
And the other one is, "If it helps you..."
helps, we have ____." It usually would help but we can't do anything right
now. You have to understand, there are certain times that we can't do anything."
"And if we could, we would have
"Yes, we don't
need to delay anybody -- we don't need to load the scope up. We don't need to
load up the frequency with people that we don't need to talk to."
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