Hello everyone, hope everyone is doing good.
Today i want to request Infinite Flight for adding a new feature to ground controlling. It is basically just a new message that will help ground controllers be more clear with their intentions.
Sometimes it happens that an aircraft has pushback and about to taxi when to an adjacent taxiway another is taxing, so controller fears that they don’t turn face to face towards each other, so the controller tries to turn the aircraft taxing in someother direction that can result in the taxing aircraft going in some other direction from their desired gate.
Why to use Do not Turn command?
By using the do not turn command we can only block the turn for the aircraft taxing on the specific side. They can still taxi straight or on right or left side which is not blocked.
Do Not Turn Right message
By using this message controller can specify that an aircraft can avoid turning right while still they can taxi straight or turn left as per pilot’s discretion.
Do Not Turn Left message
By using this message controller can specify that an aircraft can avoid turning left while still they can taxi straight or turn right as per pilot’s discretion.
Here is and example where we can use the command from my live session.
Here in the above screenshot we have a scenario in which IFGA-15 is taxing to parking while China Southern 6641 has just pushback.
Now there are 3 scenarios
1) IFGA-15 can turn right
2) IFGA-15 can taxi straight into the gate
3) IFGA-15 can turn left
Let’s assume scenario 1)
In this scenario, if IFGA-15 might want to turn right and then immediate left into the gate which is a possibility. But as i am ground controller i can’t work with that possibility so i have to make sure and i only have the option to let IFGA-15 turn left.
Let’s assume scenario 2)
In this scenario, even though there’s a possibility that IFGA-15 wants to enter the gate, i am not sure if that might happen or he will turn right. So again i have to make IFGA-15 turn left as i am not sure because if i don’t insturct him to turn left thinking he might end up straight to gate, he might end up nose to nose with Chine Southern 6641.
Let’s assume scenario 3)
In this scenario, we have no problem but again to make them do this we have to give them left turn comnand.
Avoiding all this thinking and constant monitoring, it’s better we give them a not turn on specific side command.
In the above example using just a small IFGA-15 do not turn right message can allow IFGA-15 to turn left or enter the gate straight rather then just turning left even though they might have different choice.
This is not some new thing to be included in Infinite Flight. We already have progressive taxi instructions, so this would be a rather simple addition to our simulator and help ground controller be more specific with their intentions while also keeping more choices for the pilots to choose from.
I have seen people might intend for the straight in gate but due to atc telling them to turn they might turn and again come back after taking a U-turn from some other taxiway to the same gate to which they could have taxied with the do not turn to specific side command for realism.
Thank You so much and i hope this will be put into effect.