Re: Most illogical documentation

Subject: Re: Most illogical documentation
From: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: Richard Lewis <tech44writer -at- yahoo -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 16:12:51 -0500

Richard, that is an art, not a science.

You fly it as you see it.

Roger, out.



At 2:00 PM -0700 6/29/07, Richard Lewis wrote:
>I was control tower operator (air traffic controller) when I was in
>the Air Force. We worked off of some FAA manuals. Different types
>of aircraft fly different patterns as they approach an airport:
>Fighters spiral down from higher altitudes, bombers and big cargo
>planes fly long straight-in patterns (like your plane does when you
>fly commercial), and one or two propeller engine planes often fly an
>L angle before the turn for a short final approach. (Add on top of
>this, these plans all fly radically different air speeds.)
> The manuals were great at discussing separations between planes
>flying the same traffic pattern, but they made no mention of how to
>separate a variety of aircraft flying different and conflicting
>traffic patterns - the stuff that used to make the hair on our necks
>stand on end! In such circumstances (they occured frequently), it
>was all gut instinct.
> I have read criticism of Tech Writers stating that they often tend
>to glance over or forget about the really hard-to-handle stuff.
>The FAA Air Traffic Controller manuals are a good example.
> Richard Lewis
> "When in Doubt, Roger Out"

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