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What I don't quite follow with this thread is, that whilst all you ATC colleagues are thumping each other on the arm in a playful way, you've moved away from the point that the pilot of the aircraft in question appears to have deliberately refused to accept an ATC instruction and taken his own shortcut.
I've gotta go with Aunt Rimmer - this is not good....and for the local airfield to now view this pilot as some sort of hero i beyond me. He should be shot, not applauded. I don;t think he has any right to hold a professional pilots licence.
In the past I have flown with a few Captains whose standard contact with new ATC sector included a direct request. Unfortunately most of these uneducated bozos (who did not have their charts out) were often requesting direct routings straight through permanent danger areas. I have even flown with guys who program the FMC with a route to reflect expected direct clearances!
I have read several threads on PPRuNe about situations where aircraft appear to have deliberately ignored clearances and you ATC folk seem quite laid back about it. I have to admit that I am a relatively inexperienced CPL so perhaps I'm missing something, shouldnt' all pilots comply with a clearance unless it is likely to effect the safety of the flight. Surley what the MY pilot did was potentialy dangerous or could have had a knock on effect to other flights causing inconvenience. After all it's the guys on the ground that truely have the big picture. Don't get me wrong I'm not trying to pick a fight with anyone in atc, i'm just confused and alarmed that these pilots continualy seem to get away with it or isn't it the big deal that I think it is?