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Rory Farish
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I know that sometimes controllers can choose to be the tower frequency and give clearance as well. For example Manchester tower was dealing with departing and arriving aircraft but they were also giving clearance to aircraft.

How do i find out what controllers are controlling what area of the airport.

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You're describing the VATSIM Top-Down system of ATC. So if there are no controllers covering Delivery or Ground at an airfield, but there is a Tower controller logged in, then that Tower controller will also cover Ground and Delivery, wherever possible, if workload isn't too great. Your pilot client will show what controllers are on, and you will see from that info what they will be controlling (if they can).

Take a look at topdown.dottycomma.com for a more detailed look at the Top-Down system.

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