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Offline bcrosby

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Typical Summer Day at YKZ
« on: June 06, 2008, 12:07:53 PM »
I thought I would post this unedited snippet from the YKZ feed. During the 8 minutes, I counted 13 different aircraft the controller was dealing with.

You might notice that not a single one was cleared for take-off. The traffic was a good mix of helicopters, C150s, C172s, Seminole, Bonanza,Navajo, and a C185 on Floats.

FYI.. Some VFR reporting points you might hear..

Preston Lake, about 6 miles north of the field.
Victoria Square, 3 miles north of the field.
Markham Watertower, 6 miles east of the field
Unionville, 3 miles east of the field.

From what I can tell, BFL was a helicopter doing circuits at 1200' (circuit altitude is 1650'). VGN Was on his way north passing through Buttonville's CZ. The rest were in the circuit or inbound for landing.

Active runway is 33. Here is what I was able to keep track of:

-Grass Cutter (tractor cutting grass on the field)
- CTV1: Helicopter
- BTE: Bonanza
- UVH: C150
- SCF: C172
- SEQ: ?
- UAR: ?
- SCY: C172
- VGN: C185, floats
- SCG: C172
- Survey2: Navajo
- PFG: Seminole
- BFL: Helicopter
- SCP: C172?

Offline kkjlai

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Re: Typical Summer Day at YKZ
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2008, 11:29:32 AM »
The female controller always don't get mad at any people even when traffic is crazy..  She is quite 'generous' when pilots made mistakes.. instead of making pilot looks stupid on the frequency..

And when traffic is sparse (say in the mornings) and she will greet pilots on the frequency with a 'high/happy' tone.. 

Anyone know what is the limit of aircraft in the Control Zone before they start circling aircraft outside the zone and/or adding the backup frequency to relieve congestion?

BTW.. SEQ is probably a C172S, and if UAR is C-FUAR, it is a Beech V35

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Re: Typical Summer Day at YKZ
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2008, 11:34:57 AM »
All the controllers who work there understand that its primarily a training airport, so they are understanding of mistakes.

As for your question about number of aircraft in a control zone.. it's all about controller workload.

If (s)he is overworked, then they will not clear people to enter the zone. It's happened to me once. I just did a few orbits and then she said I could come in. Didn't have to wait long at all.