Before I start, I would like to make a few things clear:
- This letter is intended to point out a few problems with what we are doing regarding the #live:atc category and ATC in Infinite Flight as a whole.
- Before anyone mentions that I need to “stop complaining and become a member of IFATC” or something similar, I already am a member of IFATC and I’m merely stating observations.
- I have every intention of hosting a healthy discussion/debate about this, however, I do not want to see any name-calling, shaming, etc. I have no patience for degradation and will request that any such comments be removed by the moderators.
Notice a problem? I do. You should too.
We, the @moderators and IFATC, need to stop simply telling the controllers and experienced pilots on the training server, whenever they bring to light problems with ignorant or trolling pilots, to stop complaining and join IFATC. While this is a perfectly viable option for some, there are still numerous others that don’t have that option for various reasons, not to mention that we are failing to address . Some might not be able to consider joining IFATC because they are too young and will have to wait a few years. Others might be only Grade 1 and spend all of their time controlling because that’s the only aspect of the app they are interested in. Those who dont fit into those two reasons, I’m sure, have their own.
What are some other factors taking part in this situation? Let’s start with the largest one: pilots on the training server. While there are some that fly on the training server that actually know what they are doing, there are still a good portion of pilots, if not most, that dont know what they are doing simply because they are ignorant or lazy… or defiant. Ignorance and laziness can be defeated, defiance can be as well… but that’s a tougher one to overcome. Ignorance can be defeated with education, laziness with motivation, defiance with some sort of correctional system.
While Infinite Flight is intended to be fun, it can also be very educational. I remember when I first started playing again 3 months ago, I had not a single clue about ATC and I lacked significant knowledge on some piloting skills; now I’m IFATC and Chief Pilot for British Airways Virtual Airline. I took advantage of the educational opportunities that Infinite Flight and the Infinite Flight Community provided me.
Time and time again, we fail to educate the ignorant pilots and fail to motivate the lazy ones. We fail to take advantage of implementing the solutions to the problems we have now when we should have done it a long time ago. While there are 2 very basic tutorials in the app, neither of them go over basic takeoff/landing with ATC procedures from a pilot’s perspective. Neither of them take advantage of demonstrating a pattern. Neither of them give even a domonstration on how to land. This needs to be changed. I know the priority for the developers is working on global. Personally, I would like to see a revamping of the in-app tutorials. Not only that, make them required before new users are able to fly in any mode.
Solutions to other problems:
- taxiing/flying through other people - rework the system to give out warnings/violations that state what the pilot is doing wrong.
- not following atc instructions - makes the user go through a tutorial on how to follow atc instructions before flying again.
- atc doesnt know what he/she is doing - grade 3 pilots can send a check tutorials message on the training server, which then makes the user go through a tutorial on atc commands before being able to control again.
- IFATC usually ends up having to ghost inexperienced/ignorant users on the expert server - incorporate a training system in Infinite Flight that prevents this before pilots even reach the expert server.
Personally, I dont want to see the DC-10 and MD-11 right after global. I want to see a system of education come first. I believe that with the ever growing amount of realism being added into the app, education needs to be a very high priority for everyone. I know that we wont be able to get everyone on the same level of education as the rest of us, but we still need to make an effort, a good, strong effort, to reach this goal. That’s what matters; that’s what has always mattered: becoming educated.
From now on, I’m not going to tell someone complaining that they should become IFATC or to fly on the expert server. I’m going to tell them to have patience with the inexperienced pilots, go flying on the training server and show the unknowing the correct way of doing things. I’m going to tell them to set the example; to be the example.
What are you going to do?