During my brief stint as an IFATC, I’ve noticed that Infinite Flight is missing vital commands that would make controlling ground frequency easier for both pilots and controllers. Taxi instructions!
Why Do We Need This?
Suppose you are controlling a busy airport. By utilizing taxi instructions, you can tell planes exactly where to go on the ground, and you could focus on the tower or anything else. This would be useful for putting departures on one taxiway and arrivals on another. It would also help pilots that have no idea where they’re going.
How Would This Work
Let’s say a pilot calls in ready for taxi at KLAX:
American 123: LA Ground,American 123, ready to taxi
Ground: American 123, taxi to runway 25R via taxiway Charlie-9, left on Bravo, hold short of 25R, contact tower when ready.
Or for an arriving plane:
United 27: LA Ground, United 27, request taxi to parking.
Ground: United 27, taxi to gate 85 via taxiway Kilo, Charlie-8, right on charlie, left on Charlie-7, good day.
I know what you’re thinking, “How would anybody know where to go?” So I propose to also add a mini taxi map to the existing map. When taxi instructions are issued, the a purple line appears, guiding you to either the runway or your gate, similar to how a hold pattern works with approach.
On the controller’s end it would also work like approach. When a plane calls ready to taxi, the controller simply “drags” that plane to the runway.
I feel like this would make controlling busy airports a lot less hectic and it would add tons of realism to ground.
Be sure to leave a vote, and comment on what you think could be improved. :)