TRACON Tour

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  1. Velocity173

    Velocity173 Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    image.jpeg image.jpeg Took a tour of Atlanta TRACON today. Old friend works there. Amazing how big it is. Almost like a center with over a dozen controllers working sectors. Things that we didn't have in the old days:

    - Wireless headset. Pretty cool.
    - Aircraft predicted track. Nice feature.
    - Bearing and distance to another airport. We had that but way more user friendly now.
    - ID tag colors for departures, inbounds & overflights.
    - ABCDEF weight categories????o_O
    - Exact distance between aircraft on final. Nice.
    - All digital approach plates. No reaching for paper in the chart bin.
    - No VFR strips. All info on the tag stratch pad.
    - Majority of the traffic inbound on STARs. No vectors.
    - System actually knows difference between ADS-B traffic vs non ADS-B.
    - One second refresh rate.
    - "Snitch patch" reporting. :(

    Good time in the Atlanta area. No way I'd work down there with the road traffic but it's "big time" ATC so I guess they put up with it.
     
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    mscard88 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Based there for 24 years. Thought I'd seen the last of it. Thanks, I'll be having nightmares tonight. ;)
     
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    Hope you enjoyed your quick trip thru PTC!
     
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    It's one of the very few airports that'll take me from a STAR to an ILS without controller intervention. They just give speeds to keep me separated from the Delta d*ps**t (sorry Jordan! :) ) in front of me.
     
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  5. Cpt_Kirk

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    Took a tour there a few years ago. I'm looking to go back again and then go over to Hampton and bug the Center guys for a bit.
     
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    mscard88 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    When I did indoc at ASA the IP took us on a tower tour (tower & app control were colocated there then), and then down to Hampton for a center tour. You'll enjoy the ATL Center visit. ATL approach is now over in Peachtree City, near the airport I believe.
     
  7. Velocity173

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    Yep, he said there were essentially three speed assignments for inbounds to keep them separated. With so much traffic, a lot of the procedures have to canned to make things predicable.
     
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    I went to the PTC facility. Nice place. I'll admit that I was more interested in some of the nice cars in the employee lot for a bit. :)