I attempted to control the center position at WSSS on advanced today. I feel like Center is a very under controlled position, but in real life it is completely necessary to have. The role of a center controller is to ensure
Pilots don’t crash mid flight
Relieves approach controllers
Create more direct routes to airports
So in Infinite Flight it is used for all three of the reasons. Unfortunately with smaller maps and not the entire world like in real life, our jobs are even more difficult.
Reasons it is very difficult is because of the pilots. (The main point of this post)
We ask from now on if you see center online please keep these in mind!
What altitude you are at? FL310 31 nm out from the runway isn’t going to cut it… Make sure your altitude is reasonable to the route. FL200-FL220 is a good altitude to stick around.
What is your speed? 561 Knots 20 nm out is also not acceptable. Us controllers have to be extremely precise when controlling approach, center, and departure. When you are overspeeding, making turns is even more complicated for us.
When flying on advanced, don’t put your device down! Many times I noticed pilots not following instructions. If you are going to let API do it all, Fly solo. We make you turn because we need to make room, remove and danger/threat or make the flight shorter or more direct.
Frequency changing? ALL CONTROLLERS will tell you when to change frequencies (Ground being the only exception.) DO NOT change frequencies automatically. We will tell you when to change.
Spamming of flight altitudes? We will tell you when to descend. Asking to descend is greatly appreciated when they are used correctly. But not for spamming controllers.
This is just some of the things I found. Now, please be courteous while you fly!