First and foremost, I’ve been somewhat active on the Infinite Flight Community, but not very active on the simulator until today. I’ve seen the occasional topic and complaint about pilots on the Expert Server not being responsible in the ways you should be while on Expert. In all honesty, I thought it would be rare to find someone misbehaving in an environment intended for the utmost realism and professionalism like it was for me back in 2017-2018. However, I was shocked when I spawned in at Geneva Airport for one of my first flights in a while and was greeted with every other plane on the taxiway with strobes and landing lights on. I wasn’t too peeved at first, I think we’ve all been in that situation of not knowing what lights to use at what point, but it was annoying.
From that point of spawning in and observing pilots incorrectly using their lights, it seemed like I was hearing “Please follow ATC instructions” and “Please check the forum for assistance using ATC” almost a couple times a minute. Didn’t think much, just continued pushback and taxi procedure as normal.
My biggest problem came when I started taxiing. There was a huge line of aircraft and I needed to get into it. I was fine waiting until the very end of the line so I could get in, I was in no rush. I was planning to give way to any aircraft, and ATC sent me a message telling me to, just for confirmation. The problem came when an aircraft was told to give way to me to allow me to get into line. They completely disregarded me and the ATC’s command and sped up so I couldn’t get in line. There was also another incident within 5 minutes where an aircraft was told to go around multiple times and didn’t. At this point, the airport was a circus and I just wanted to get out.
I’ve heard so many other stories similar to mine and this is crazy. There are two entirely different servers dedicated to people who aren’t ready to be 100% professional and realistic, yet they choose Expert to ruin other people’s experience. Please, if you aren’t ready, don’t go on Expert. I applaud the Air Traffic Controllers who have to put up with this, especially during FNF’s and large events. I also applaud all the pilots who actually try to be professional and mature on the server, and the staff at Infinite Flight who deal with the probably countless complaints.
I cannot wait to see what happens tomorrow. I departed Abu Dhabi en route to LAX, so whoever is controlling over there, good luck.
I truly love Infinite Flight, but people are ruining the experience of this perfect simulator by going onto the Expert Server and not being able to be professional.