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User currently offline3w From Ireland, joined Sep 2004, 85 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

Just wondering what was the worst ATC slot anyone has expierienced or heard of excluding weather slots as they can go on forever.

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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 69
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

Hi there,

a Captain told me that he had to wait for 2.5 hours for the start up with passengers on board! He was no 53 in sequence for start up! That happend on that day the Air Europe slid off the Runway in München (Munich, MUC, EDDM).

Pretty long time to sit in an aircraft...

My worst Slot was just 90 minutes (but due to weather) so doesnt count...


User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2220 times:

When they close LHR at peak periods, you can expect over 1.5 hours to wait for a slot as happend to some friends when LHR closed for 40 mins due to a storm. Had to wait nearly 2hours for a slot to JFK due to the back log...

Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offline3w From Ireland, joined Sep 2004, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2213 times:

they are not too bad

jazus, i know of one DUB-CDG flight with AF which a sched dept of 0640 didnt get a slot til 1015 and they boarded on time hoping for improovment!!!....there must be worse than that though

User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2187 times:

Had an hour wait for a flight that took only 40 minutes due to congestion at our destination... and we were ready to go on time too.

Geoff M.

User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2175 times:

Not to long for me really, only 45 mins on a United flight from DTW to ORD, mainly due to congestion at ORD

Forever Flight
User currently offlineContact_tower From Norway, joined Sep 2001, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2099 times:

Just wondering what was the worst ATC slot anyone has expierienced or heard of excluding weather slots as they can go on forever."

A RAF C-130J from Bardufoss to Lyenham got a 03:45 delay CTOT last winter due to staff shortage in London FIR somehwhere. (The Slot Allocation Message give reason and location of delay)

You feel kinda stupid working tower at 23:30 in the evening, 160nm inside the arctic circle, with NO traffic within MANY miles, and you have to hold back traffic due to problems 1200nm away! The way the system works.

How to solve problem, if pilot wants (and if MIL), cancel Flightplan, and re-file with "OAT" slipped in the routing field where the flight cross into affected FIR........

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