Ok so, I already know I’m gonna get a ton of flack about this, but I feel it’s something that needs to be changed. So, whatever. So, please read the entire post before formulating an opinion. I am open to new ideas, but well thought out, informed ideas, not just any old vile that come to mind. So, here it is, and it’s a long one.
With the grading system the way it is, it places a big emphasis on the flight time you have. There are other factors to it such as landings and violations, but those are outweighed by the flight time. And while this might seem like a good way to ensure that you’re experienced enough to fly on Expert, there are ways around this. For example, flying in a C172 at 50 knots just to gain flight time AND XP. That’s not fair to the rest of us who actually take the time to complete out flights and patterns and do things the ‘right’ way.
While it was touched on here, Change in the grading system, the thought was never fully developed. I think it’s time to overhaul the Grading System now that Global is coming. I think we should do away with the flight time requirement. I know some of you are reading this and thinking already that I have some idiotic idea to share, but I think this is worth mentioning.
By doing away with the flight time requirement, We would be getting rid of a large portion of what people abuse to get to certain ranks. We’ve seen it time and time again, planes flying super slow across a region just to gain xp and flight time, you get rid of the flight time requirement, and these people would have to change up their strategy.
You might wonder, won’t this make it easier for people to get into other levels? I’ve thought about this as well, and came to the conclusion that we need a new system for Grading. We need the addition of some other requirements to balance out the lack of a flight time. A few ideas I came up with is adding a ‘Landing Proficiency’ requirement. Basically, this would take into account your landings and how accurate you are with them.
So here’s what Landing Proficiency would entail. It’s a Grading System that calculates how well your landings are. Factors such as your Touch Down Vertical Speed, Centerline Deviation, and Landing Zone Area would be taken into account and assigned a value. Said value we’ll call ‘X’. After you get to a certain X value, you would gain access into Grade 3, 4 or 5 and Expert. This would eliminate the people that set up Autopilot and go to sleep and gain XP and Flight Time.
#Some things to take into account
####What about Global?
Well, I think that you should be able to fly patterns and short hops before you’re allowed to fly in Global, but that’s just me. You’d still be getting XP as long as you do a good job landing, but you won’t gain as much as doing pattern work in the time given.
These are ideas that I had that I didn’t know where to categorize. Some more might pop in here.
This Grading System will be a true assignment based on your Skills. You can’t just go cruise at 50 knots for hours and expect to rank up. Maybe with this Grading System, a perks system can be added? After a certain number of landings, and a certain Grade, an XP multiplier is added? I don’t know. I don’t have all the answers. This is where you all come in.
I want this topic to be a serious one, I don’t want petty arguments and idiotic posts in here. I want good, thought out ideas to be posted and other people critique them. I know I may have been vague with certain things. If I was, ask!
Anyways, this post is long enough. I’d love to hear your creative ideas. Thanks!