As many of my readers know I frequent multiple flying forums, and from time to time I stumble across a what if scenario I like to share.
Here is a recent post that I thought was a good what if to share.
This is a flight and approach situation the original poster (OP) was involved in. What is your take and how would you have handled it?
This flight is from KCON to KMHT. Departed KCON, cleared to climb to 4,000’ with vectors to intercept KMHT ILS 17 localizer and track inbound. About 12 miles out (5 miles outside of BLUUM):
ATC: NXXX, confirm you are established on the localizer.
ME: Affimative, NXXX established on the localizer.
ATC: NXXX cleared ILS 17 approach.
ME: Cleared ILS 17, NXXX.
1 minute later:
ATC: NXXX, you haven’t descended. You do understand that you are cleared for the approach?
There is an obvious conflict here between what the OP was doing and what the controller expected.
My response was as follows. First, its easy to be a Monday morning QB from the comfort of my office chair. Second, I didn't sleep at a Holiday Inn.