- Takeshi Kovacs, Broken Angels by Richard Morgan
This a short tie-in with my last post, Learning on the Run.
A couple of weeks ago on a quiet IFR morning, my instructor was working the main Pensacola Regional airport sector, with all but 1 of the other sectors combined into it. All-told, it was about 3/4 of our entire facility's airspace. Whiting NAS, the scope bank all of my training had been on, wasn't open yet, so my instructor asked if I wanted to monitor while he worked. I said "sure", went out to grab my headset, came back in, and my instructor says "Okay, you're working the traffic."
So, there I was, working an airport I'd only studied, using approaches I'd never cleared anyone for before, giving vectors that I'd never used, and working real honest-to-God airliners loaded with lots of people on board. Obviously my instructor was plugged in with me and coaching me along, but it felt very strange at first. After a while I got a much better feel for the differences in speed and flow.
Here's a segment of the recording from that morning, off of LiveATC.net.
A couple notes:
- If you're familiar with LiveATC, you know that a lot of their audio sources cycle between different frequencies at a facility. The feed for us cycles between our main Pensacola Regional airport sector, our Pensacola NAS sector, and the Pensacola Regional tower. I cut out the transmissions from the other sectors. That's why you'll never hear me clear some of the aircraft to land, as the feed had cycled to the other frequencies while I did that.
- I trimmed all of the dead air out of it (if you like to listening silence, well, sorry).
- The original recording takes place over about 30 minutes. We don't have that much traffic at that time of the morning, but because I cut out the dead air and the time spent on other frequencies it sounds a lot busier than it was.
- Coast Guard Auxilliary
- EGF855: American Eagle regional jet (probably an ERJ145 or CRJ200)
- Citation 78CK: Cessna C550 corporate jet
- Buck 312: Navy T-6 Texan II trainer
- ASQ769 (pronounced "Acey"): Atlantic Southeast Airlines CRJ200
- GFT9151: Gulfstream International Beech 1900
- Flight Express 101: Cessna 210
- Cirrus 38BK: Cirrus SR22