I recently bought a simulator for tower controllers (Tower! 2011) and have some questions about the responsibilities of the tower controller:
- When an aircraft wants to land at 'my' airport I get contacted once they are established on the approach path and already have a runway assigned ("Tower, N1234 with you runway 26L").
Unfortunately sometimes it happens that aircrafts are assigned a runway that is actually to short form them to land - which I found out the hard way by getting punished because the plane was not able to stop on the runway.
Who is responsible to assign the correct runway in real-life, the tower controller or the approach controller? If if were up to the approach controller that would basically be a bug in the simulator.
- Who decides which runway exit an aircraft will use after landing?
Again in the simulator I can advise the aircraft to taxi to the terminal via a certain route ("N1234 taxi to terminal via L4 M4 N4") with L4 being the exit from the runway I want this aircraft to take. Unfortunately the aircrafts - in the simulator - decide which exit they are going to use on their own. So it might happen that the aircraft I assigned the route to exits the runway at exit L5 and therefore cannot comply with my assignment.
How is that handled in real-life? Does the pilot land the plane and then report back where he is (if I queried the airplane for a position I get a "N1234 is on the ground") or does the tower controller assign an exit that the pilot needs to take - and therefore the simulator would have a bug?