It’s April 2020. Everyone is locked up at home, with nothing to do all day long. So you hop on your favorite mobile flight sim and load into the expert server. A few minutes later, you’ve been reported for one reason or another. How did we get here?
Although we are all locked up right now, there is not an excuse to treat the ES like a playground. The amount of pilots that can’t fly an ILS approach, don’t listen to ATC vectors, cross runways without permission, or just generally being unprofessional has skyrocketed due to recent world events and an increase of free time. This phenomenon is often referred to as “Summer Pilots”, which seems to have come early this year. However, this nuisance has become an increasingly concerning problem, often forcing IFATC to have to close due to the sheer amount of pilots behaving like this.
Take a look at this screenshot (credit to @Liam_Kirk). This is just one example of the many times airports have become overwhelm by these pilots.
So how do we solve this problem? Of course, not every pilot is on the IFC, but you are. If you see approach closes, make our lives a little easier by not diving for the cone. If there’s no ATC active, try holding for a bit and not race everyone else to land first. Do not taxi without permission or at ridiculous speeds, and don’t enter a runway without permission.
Now you may be saying to yourself, “I’m not one of those pilots, I’d never do that!” However, you don’t know if you’re doing something wrong until it’s too late. Being on the IFC does not mean you have a complete understanding of ES procedures and you are still at risk of being ghosted, unless you take a few minutes to review the #tutorials section before your next flight.
Also take a look at these topics so you know what to avoid and how to fly professionally on the expert server: