Over the past months I see more pilots quit their flight after I sent him a ‘Please follow instructions’ or ‘Check help pages’. Some contact me here and ask me why I sent them this, and then they tell me, that they quit because they were afraid to get ghosted.
With the new expert server requirements, the fear of being ghosted is there; I realise that.
But to those pilots, the serious ones who visit this community regularly, learn about the rules and try to contribute to good game-play, to those pilots I say this: IFATC’s, just like you, are in this to have fun in a good simulation game play environment.
IFATC’s do not have a mission to ghost pilots. With a ghost, there are only losers.
Ghosting is a matter of last resort. We do it, because we see pilots hindering others (and themselves) in good game play. As an IFATC, I need to be able to account for every ghost I do, both to the moderators as well as the pilots who contacts a mod and asks ‘why’.
The communications between ATC and pilot is limited to the instruction-set we have. So ‘Please follow instructions’ is not by definition a negative thing; neither is ‘Check help pages’.
Sometimes I see a pilot taxiing to the opposite runway; I treat this as an honest mistake. Or I see a pilot who does respond to the new heading, but simply does not realise the instruction contained a new altitude as well.
What do I tell this pilot; “yo dude, don’t forget to descent to 4000!”? I don’t have this instruction. So I use ‘please follow instructions’, hoping the pilots checks his log and sees that he is forgetting something.
And then there’s times, I sent a ‘please follow instructions’ too quick; I’m impatient, or the pilot is just a bit slow.
So don’t just quit your long haul flight, because you received a ‘please follow instructions’. Instead, check your log, see if you made a mistake and correct it. An ‘I’m sorry’ from a pilot can do wonders, most times.
And if you do get ghosted, then I challenge you to learn from it; make the screenshots and follow the instructions in the procedure below. And remember, 15 ghosts is a lot!
If you’re racing across the platform, with 60kts, racing through other aircrafts, ignoring taxi-ways, repeatedly contact Tower while on Approach; things like that, then…you better quit quickly!