As most of us know, on Live, in order to be a grade 4 or grade 5, there are several requirements one must make. Along those list of requirements are 90 day timed requirements for landings and flight time. You must have over 100 and 200 landings respectively to have either grade 4 and 5 status, which many people view as prestigious.
To me, seeing someone with a green/brown tag is like motorcyclists waving at each other when they pass each other by. Its a camaraderie of airmen and airwomen! I recently lost my grade 4 due to being inactive recently (life just gets in the way), but now I feel pretty bummed out that I’ve been demoted. Personally, I follow the rules on the expert server to the tee and I’m always mindful of ATC and other pilots. I don’t feel that we should be penalized for not flying often, when there are still pilots that follow all rules and instructions whilst on the server that do not fly regularly. Personally, I feel demotivated now because I spent many hours working myself to a specific grade, only to see it fall because of life events.
I’d like to hear your opinions on this topic, because I feel something should be done. I know there are many pros to this rule, such as keeping pilots “current” however please bear in mind this is a game, and a lot of us have other life events to tend do. At the same time, if these are the rules, that is life and I must get used to them, but I wanted to share my feelings towards these requirements.
One idea I have in mind (not a feature yet, I may make a request depending on how this topic goes) is for players to pause their stats or go on “vacation mode” so we can save our stats and standings for life events and matters. If pilots are serious enough for caring about their standing on Live, I’m sure they’d care enough to follow the rules of the servers.