(I can’t post on the original. If a mod wants to merge or do whatever, that’s fine. I don’t need 5 people telling me the original exists; I’m quoting it.)
Quick, what’s the first thing you learned about how to communicate with ATC when you first joined the live servers? Chances are, vacating your spawn point and heading to the runway tops the list. Which means “I need clearance to taxi.”
For the two-plus years I’ve been controlling, this has been well understood by nearly everyone, save for a stray here or there. But, suddenly, a new normal has appeared:
Taxi clearance optional.
Well, no, it’s still not. Everything in the tutorials regarding taxi clearance still stands, but there seems to have been a community meeting I wasn’t privy to where it was decided that pilots were no longer even going to bother asking. Just…off they go.
I can’t put into words just how baffling this is for me (and rarely am I searching for words). I have probably ghosted more people for taxiing without permission in the last two days than I have in two years. What gives?
Whether it’s the ease of achieving access to Expert or bad habits picked up on TS due to inattentive controllers, I don’t know, or care, honestly. Whatever the reason, nothing has changed.
There will be no warning not to taxi without permission.
Warnings are for things that may be confusing or could be caused by a slip of the mind or can be easily corrected, etc. Warnings are not warranted for the simplest ATC communication there is.
Simply put, if you don’t know you need clearance to taxi, you do not belong on Expert. There is no counter-argument to that, and I defy you to pose one.