First Come, First Served

Have you ever waited for a takeoff or approach, only to be told “You will be number two (or three),” even when you were there first? It happens. Here’s how.

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Most pilots have heard at some point that ATC separates aircraft on a first come, first served (FCFS) basis, but have experienced the opposite. Many of us pay for our aircraft by the hour, so it’s understandable to get impatient when you’re first up and Tower tells you there will be others ahead of you. […]
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