Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:19 pm #1656001
GonzoEGLL wrote:The LTC system can handle freecallers too, but in all of these systems it’s easier for the controller to retrieve stored information than create it oneself.
Oh - indeed. Its just in the past, paper strips were quicker to write so it was easier (and quicker) for controllers to handle freecallers.
In the new digital world, it takes controllers longer to tap the relevant info using a digitiser / screen than it did using pen and paper - hence we now need to pre-notify the busier controllers yet London/Scottish Info are able to handle more of us using paper.
At least, that is the complaint / explanation I've heard from a few places about the reluctance to provide services / transits. The new systems are more efficient for coordinated transfers to/from others using the same system (although ones at different locations aren't necessarily joined up) but they are a pain for free callers.
When controllers get rid of an aircraft, they mark who they passed the aircraft to anyway, so they must already have a way to select other units. Surely it couldn't be too difficult to come up with a system to allow electronic handover?
Suggestions have also been made in the past for the systems to pull in VFR flight plans to a unit (so most details are already pre-filled in) or have a tool that pre-populates information (using perhaps Mode-S & RF directional finding could provide most of a pre-filled in "strip" for a free calling aircraft) but AFAIK they didn't go anywhere.
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