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Features June 2014 Issue

ATC Watches - You Fly

Major problems often start with minor issues. ATC minds the details of the big picture and steps up when pilots find themselves in tricky situations.

Standing to get a closer view of my tower’s radar display, I said, “That doesn’t look right.” Somewhere in the dense, ragged and choppy 300-foot overcast outside the tower windows, there was a Piper Matrix inbound on the ILS. Well, supposedly on the ILS. His target was crossing the final approach fix several hundred feet lower than published and a half mile to the right.

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