VFRBimbler wrote:Following on from Irv’s post and notwithstanding FD’s and Rob P’s comments above, I hope those responsible for the comms from the ground are themselves looking at TEM and/or carrying out a review of some kind into the consequences of them distracting pilots flying close to CAS and how the risk of doing so can be minimised by better interaction.
It’s always worth remembering that there was a time all controllers going through NATS’ training got at least some familiarisation flying in light aircraft. Initially it was a full PPL but over time for bean counter reasons that gradually reduced, until for at least probably the last twenty five years or so it has been zero. At the same time a small subsidy towards a few hours a year for helping to keep licence current was also reduced then disappeared.
What that means is that when I did my PPL there was a reasonable chance pretty much every controller I spoke to had first hand experience of flying as pilot a light aircraft.
Whereas anyone starting their PPL now, or flying now, there’s a more than reasonable chance any controller one speaks to doesn’t know the front end of a light aircraft from the back end and has absolutely no idea of what’s involved in piloting one.
Ally that lack of individual knowledge and experience from the person on the ground one is talking to with perhaps an ANSP that is indifferent at best to encouraging the provision of any decent level of service to the lighter end of the market and the end result is all too dismally apparent.
Note- there is, or at least was when I was last involved, still a fair degree of effort made to get controllers and airline pilots together on a reasonably regular basis. Be that around tables for discussions, in their respective simulators and also importantly in their respective cockpits and ops room to see the real life working environment in action.
For light GA there really was no effort made to do anything.