Ok, so in the recent days of my flying, it has come to my attention that the majority of Expert Server Users don’t know how to use Unicom. In fact, some don’t even use Unicom at all!
I’ve seen countless errors and issues, and would like some improvements. Mostly by the players, but also a bit by the devs.
Back taxi: On airports where back taxiing is required, a back taxi message should be used. Back taxiing IS NOT crossing a runway. If a pilot is on final and someone announced runway crossing, the pilot assumes that the aircraft will be clear if the runway by the time he is about to land. If there was a backtaxi message, pilots would become aware of the situation.
Clear of all runways: just for starters, this is not clear of all runways
On a recent flight, I was on final, and at 1,000 feet, a plane starts to back taxi. As he back taxis, he notices me. Instead of hurrying up or taking off (He has plenty of room as a CCX), he pulls to the side of the runway and says “Clear of all runways”. That is so far from the correct message, in fact, all that is doing is giving the pilot landing the thought that that the runway is clear, when in fact, it is not. Once again, incorrect usage of messages can lead to issues.
Going Around: This is less of a message, and more awareness.
In this photo, the plane landing should have gone around a while ago. With a plane lined up on the runway, it should be more than obvious that a go around is mandatory. But, without the “Dreaded IFATC” there to use there “unfair ghosting powers”, 90 percent of pilots continue on and land. Pretty much, Expert without ATC is TS1. This is not the first time this has been mentioned though
It’s a reoccurring issue that is a result of lack of knowledge. Below I’ve attached a few tutorials to help anyone out there with Unicom communications
And for the people that don’t listen:
So guys, please, learn to use Unicom! It will help!
Just because you can fly on Expert doesn’t mean you should