- Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:19 am
Sean Harrison 870618 wrote:Should we really be leaving it up to an individual who happens to be controlling to decide what can and can’t be done?
I mean denying a flight based on “I can’t handle it at the moment.” seems to be against the CoC to me.
As others have said, in the reverse situation as a pilot, if ATC ask me to do something I'm not comfortable with or would cause me an excessive workload, I will say "unable" - which by extension would also be against the CoC.
Likewise, if ATC are unable to accomodate a request due to workload or for any other reason, they also reserve the right to say "unable". As a VFR pilot I was always taught -- and teach all my P3 students -- that you must assume that any request for a transit with controlled airspace will be denied. In the real world, if you get the transit, bonus, but you must always have an alternative up your sleeve. Event, not an event, doesn't matter.
Likewise, in the situation quoted by the OP -- deciding to "flight check" an ILS in the middle of a busy event, presumably entailing multiple circuits, perhaps expecting to check the back course and all the rest of it -- well, frankly that sounds to me like someone bent on creating as much havoc as possible for both pilots and controllers -- or at the very least to deliberately be an awkward sod. Why is it essential to simulate that particular flight at that particular time? It seems bizarre to suggest that a flight calculated for the express reason of causing disruption should not be against the CoC, but for a controller to make a decision to regulate the traffic flow in to their sector/airspace would be. Is issuing a hold against the CoC? If someone is insistent on landing in the opposite direction to everyone else in the middle of an event, is denying that request against the CoC or do we have to delay everybody else in order to accommodate that request? Where does it end?
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for helping people out and being accommodating. But for goodness' sake -- if we're going to start saying that managing the flow of traffic in or out of a sector, or denying a VFR aircraft airspace transit is against the CoC, then VATSIM really has jumped the shark.