In the future, when Center gets added I think it would be crucial to have the following feature. The ability to control the pilot’s aircraft when they are not near their device (AFK).
What Am I Proposing:
When a Center controller gives a command to change one or more of the following:
The aircraft would react automatically, as if the controller had control over the aircraft instead of the pilot, because the pilot is not near their device.
Scenario 1: Aircraft is AFK. Center gives the command “Ascend and maintain to 32000ft”, the aircraft would then ascend and maintain 32000ft automatically, with no input needed from the pilot.
Scenario 2: If the pilot was not AFK then center would give the command and then the pilot would change their own altitude to 32000ft manually, by themselves. Pilot’s controls, not automatic.
Ways that could initiate the handoff of control of the aircraft from the pilot to the controller
I feel this handover of control could be triggered by clicking NAV. By clicking NAV you are then giving up control to the controller.
Another option that some suggested below would be a button that’s in the systems menu to go AFK. Then control would be handed over. If the pilot failed to click the button they would be held responsible by ghosting, if they did not follow instructions.
Additionally, maybe this could be triggered after some short period of time AFK. Just like how low power mode comes on after a couple minutes away, controller control could too.
If aircraft were ever told to resume own navigation then the pilot’s aircraft would then go back onto their FPL route.
If an aircraft was on guarded they would automatically join the center frequency, with no need for pilot input.
Just wanted to preface that Center is not currently in Infinite Flight but was in the past. This feature would only be made available on the expert server. This feature could also possibly be used on other radar frequencies.