Today I flew my first ever Friday Night Flight event since the release of global. Everything was going well until I was on approach into Zurich. Due to the extremely high traffic, approach ACT attempted to direct me into a holding pattern (I presume), in order to manage the flow of traffic. Unfortunately for me, It seemed like I had made an error either during planning with Simbrief, or when I went to input the fuel and weight figures in the settings. This resulted in me approaching Zurich with enough fuel to land, but not enough to account for any delays, missed approaches, go arounds etc. As a result of being directed away from the airport by ACT, I found myself in the rather difficult situation of being too far away from Zurich, with insufficient fuel to perform a landing. I was forced to divert to an alternative airport which was only slightly closer than Zurich. I only just managed to land at this alternative airport, touching down with only 40 kg of fuel left. This remaining fuel was quickly used up in reverse thrust, leaving me stranded on a runway with no means of refuelling. I recorded the entire approach into Zurich, and my emergency landing, and I have uploaded the video to YouTube. You can find it here.
Now for my question: what is the IFATC policy when it comes to aircraft with minimal fuel? I’m not complaining, whoever was controlling approach at Zurich today did a great job overall, and I’m rather happy with my handling of the situation. I’m just wondering how other people would handle a fuel emergency on the expert server, both as pilots and controllers. I did let the approach controller know of my fuel situation multiple times, and I appeared to be treated the same as all the others. If you are an IFATC controller, how do you manage situations where aircraft have depleted most of their fuel and are on final reserve, with 15 minutes or so of powered flight remaining. I look forward to seeing everyone’s responses.