Features November 2014 Issue
Who's on First?
ATC’s departure sequencing isn’t just about who got to the hold-short line first. Controllers need to look well beyond the runway’s departure end.
Good judgment and quick thinking are hallmarks of the aviation mentality. Both pilots and air traffic controllers are in the decision-making business. For controllers, every moment our headsets are plugged in, we’re making choices that affect the safety and flow of traffic in our airspace.
Some choices are easier than others, such as not clearing anyone for takeoff when I’ve got a Gulfstream IV on short final.