I know this is an old post, but I bet you those people form nellis probably sucked to begin with.stateside yes... but not busier or as complex as balad Iraq. I have seen at least 2 people from nellis not get checked out at balad and numerous from luke not get get fully checked out either. When I was at balad the cerap did over 90k ops per month.
I agree, but the point im trying to make is that some people can step up to a challenge, and some people cant. It doesnt matter as much where you are from, it matters that you HAVE been rated and sustained ratings.Busy doesn't equal hard... There are some level 8 towers that are "harder" than level 12 towers. I'm just saying.
yea... well ive worked 3 helo's and 2 c130's tonight.... crazy busy.... lol but that place sounds like some fun.... wish we could launch some numbers like that....Well, obviously a few years late on this post but it caught my attention and was a interesting pissing contest. That being said I just spent the last 3 years being the Facility Chief or Chief Controller at Cairns ATCT, Cairns AAF. I can tell you that is the busiest airfield in the Army with 252,466 movements last year. Intersecting runways, multiple instrument approaches and a great deal of variety with airframes and airspeeds. Mostly helos but always a few planes(C560,G5/4,BE-20,Tex-2,Cessna,Learjets) mixed in just to keep it complicated.
It was not uncommon to bring in 120-150 acft an hour at peak times. Obviously that count did not hold steady as our main mission was being a base field with 3 satellite airfields within our Class "D" those being Lowe AHP, Knox AHP, Hanchey AHP. We would launch 60-90 vfr helos 2 times a day every day(M-F closed weekend and holidays) to go train at what we call a stagefield(small airports spread out with operational vfr towers for the pilots to do pattern work and emergency procedure training). Then they would all come back in about a 30 minute time frame. We would also launch 20-30 IFR acft that would fly around in approach controls airspace shooting constant approaches back to the field to practice missed approach procedures.
Additionally those satellite fields I mentioned had their own acft being launched to their respective stagefields, many of these acft would close out the day with Ifr approaches with vfr on the miss back into us and on to their respective field. It was rather common to land traffic to Rwy 18 to the numbers, shoot a guy up rwy 6 with a low approach/missed and land traffic to runway 36 short of runway 6. And those landing clearances would get high in number like "rwy 36 short of runway 6 # 4 cleared to land. May not match up to some of you guys experiences. Cairns does have some prior rated controllers in the FAA and they say we stack up very well. Anyway one last note my tower did 252,000, Hanchey 90K and Lowe 120K all within the Cairns Class "D" so all in all its pretty saturated piece of airspace.