I didn’t post this in ground school because it isn’t a full tutorial, and this is meant toward Training Server pilots. I’m not IFATC, but I do control on training server, and I do notice things that are common mistakes that should be corrected before reaching grade 3. So here are common training server mistakes and how to fix them.
Do not ask for frequency change after given the message “Taxi to runway XX, contact tower when ready” or the message “Exit runway when able, contact ground on taxiway.” Both of these messages include “contact” and a frequency to contact, so there is no need to ask for a frequency change in this occasion.
Do not ask for a check in and flight following! It is very common on training server to see pilots check in with Departure or Center, and them immediately request flight following after. Either check in, or request flight following, if you have already received FF from another frequency, only a check in is needed.
Don’t use “remaining in the pattern” when departing the airspace with an FPL. It’s not uncommon to see the message, “CALLSIGN is ready for takeoff at runway XX, remaining in the pattern,” but the pilot actually departs the airspace and flies to a destination. To find out what remaining in the pattern means, click HERE
I’ve seen many other mistakes on training server as well, but in this thread, I just wanted to address the mistakes that are common and easy to understand and fix. Mistakes such as calling inbound improperly, flying at incorrect altitudes at cruise, or understanding where one controller’s airspace ends and another’s begins are mistakes that are covered in other tutorials and threads. I just wanted to do this to make the training server a little bit more realistic, and make sure pilots know not to do these mistakes before flying on expert server.
If I said anything wrong in the mistakes corrections (As I said, I’m not IFATC), please feel free to correct me. Thanks for reading, and I hope this helps!