What kind of person are you? A sheep 🐑 or an individual that makes his own decisions?
- Sheep! 🐑
- Obviously not 🤬!
Provocation aside, let’s get to the point… I’d want to talk about how we decide to plan our flights. What do we tend to look for? Interesting places? Novelty? Or queues? I think you’ll go for the first two. I do anyway… I often see people or even whole topics discussing the fact that we should try and explore the world now that we have global. Threads trying to find small airports there are yet to explore. But, with all those possibilities, why do we keep seeing 100 inbounds for one airport and virtually none to other airports? Why is it not evenly distributed or at least have a couple that lead the board instead of one?
Some will say it’s because they want ATC, some because they don’t know where to find other airports. I’d want to address these answers and show how we can eliminate them. Today I opened approach at an airport I’d never heard of. There was tower and ground too. I think it was very interesting with mountains all around. Nice easy ”realistic” traffic but still 10 times less than the hub. A bit later, someone else opened another interesting airport. Guess what? No traffic. Even after being open for 2 hours in my case and still being open in the other, the traffic is still unevenly spread. So here we’ve got the ATC opening which means you’ve got ATC and you’ve got ideas of places. However you still go to the main hub. “But when I get there ATC will have left”: it can happen and I know it’s frustrating. But I do think if there were more planes, they wouldn’t close. There are tons of ATC ready on standby but wait for the main hub because the rest is boring. So it’s not the people that are missing.
Sometimes there’s this concept where ATC open up a full region. All at the same time. And it works! Because there is no main hub. Everywhere starts even. Now it can’t be done every day and early since there are fewer people at some times of the day. What I think would be ideal would be that both ATC and pilots make an effort to “accept less traffic”. It ends up being way more interesting and realistic. Remember doing patterns? I don’t see many of them anymore. Remember flying vfr around an airport to discover? Not many of that anymore. But we have incredible imagery! Why stick autopilot and leave it when we can discover places. Especially since we’re getting new small planes such as the xcub and the tbm that are perfect for that. Personally when I see an empty airport with atc I go there immediately if I just want a few patterns. Lots of ATC, when flying do that. So why don’t we all change our way of flying and make the most of IF? Atc will adapt to that and make it even better, but pilots need to change too.
Please consider this next time you plan a flight.