Listen to This Air Traffic Controller Directing a Perplexed Solo Student Pilot
The nervous student has never attempted to land on this runway before.
When we ride on planes, we rarely think about how difficult a landing can be. After all, these giant craft need to land on specific spots and park in specific destinations, all in a tight schedule.
One such plane in Phoenix, Arizona had a hard time finding its place in a busy airport. VASaviation brought us the pilot's conversation with the air traffic controller at the Gateway tower who was there to guide him to his final destination.
The conversation is interesting because despite having much support, the pilot misses his landing opportunity. This does not deter the air traffic controller from being kind and supportive and finding a new location for the student pilot to land.
The pilot expresses many times that it's his first time landing on that particular runway and that he is very nervous. "You're completely safe," says the air traffic controller in a soothing note. "I am not going to let anything happen to you."
The air traffic controller even finds a new plan that involves moving everyone for the student pilot to land. What a complication!
In the end, all is well that ends well and the student pilot successfully lands where he is supposed to. Kudos to the air traffic controller at the Gateway tower for keeping his cool.