So before I start, I need to say that this isn’t a big deal and really doesn’t affect the amount of reality in IF. It’s just something I’ve noticed
So I’ve noticed that at IFATC controlled airports, most people request for an ILS Approach at the airport. Now this isn’t a big deal at all, but I feel like it is viewed that if you are an airliner and you declare a visual approach, it gives the appearance that you are a less experienced pilot than someone following an ILS approach. I think I can speak for many people when I say that I’ve requested an ILS approach when in reality I was following a Visual approach 95% of the time I fly visual approaches and I’m assuming that is the case with most pilots. Now if the weather is bad or you’re actually flying an ILS approach, then obviously, request an ILS approach. I’ve been listing to a lot of live ATC at PHL recently and I’ve realized that almost all of the flights follow visual approaches. From the small regional CRJs to the American 787 from Zurich to the British Airways 747 from London, they all flew the visual approach. The only airplane I’ve heard that requested an ILS was the Qatar A350 from Doha. So the point is, flying a Visual approach doesn’t make you any more or less “experienced” than someone flying an ILS, it depends on what you actually fly.
If you disagree with me and think that people are actually flying the ILS, then, by all means let me know, these are just my opinions