UGBT and the other I admit I didn’t memorise the name 😬
Could they all handle an A380? - One of the main reasons i stick to the main hubs is these are usually the bigger/main country airports that ATC accept an A380 at.
UGBT yes. The other I doubt it.
Theres one answer for your query then i guess. I usually go to the airports that are quieter as long as they can handle the larger aircraft, or i check who the atc may be as i have a more pleasurable experience with some than others.
I do agree with your point, that sometimes traffic can be unevenly distributed. I definitely agree with your point, but I feel like it comes down the IFATC featured Airport for a day
You just logged into Infinite flight and you see that the featured airport for the day is EGLL.( The big hub airport.) You see that EGLL has 60 arrivals. Naturally, I feel like the average pilot will go to EGLL because of the realistic amount of traffic at the airport. Now, the second airport that is open is lets just say for ex.(lets also say that KLAX is a lesser known airport) KLAX is open with only 7 arrivals. I dont think a ton of people will go to KLAX with 7 arrivals, over having the choice to go to EGLL( the main hub airport) with 60 arrivals, unless the pilots intent was to do some patterns.
Now, I do agree with you point that some people will only go to hub airports, and not go to smaller less-known airports. But I think that just all comes down to pilot preference, with them knowing that the main hub is going to really busy.
You do make valid points which should be followed up on :)
Nice topic @Captain_Zen!
I am a mix of both to be honest. I am a “sheep” because I really enjoy flying to very busy airports. Partly because of the great ATC service, partly because there are so many other planes and great people around.
But on the other hand I am not a “sheep” because I like doing different stuff like in this thread. I also thoroughly enjoy doing patterns at less busy ATC airports e.g. with the XCUB. I really like that and learned how to fly without the HUD. There are not only two types of people (sheep and not sheep) there are more. But I can agree with you that there is too much focus on one main hub day by day.
That’s all from me. 😂🙂
That’s exactly what happens. You’re totally right. But I’m sure in your example we can make it work out to have KLAX 20 inbounds, EGLL 20, and 30 divided in a few airports that you can fly between with a ga and vfr. That would be ideal. Like that most people would be satisfied. Also on the ATC side, there is an increase of people wanting to open small airport. But it’s only theoretical. The fact is as you described
Yes, I do feel like this needs to be fixed!
Very nice topic!
That’s why I posted my random route generator, FPLtoIF isn’t the best at being random…
Nice idea. Gotta try that once. And to get a fight of a specific time, you choose random coordinates and then random heading. And adapt the length of the flight for what you need
I should add that… :)
Thanks @TaipeiGuru. Actually meant to put it in that category but made a mistake.
Typically, I choose to fly to underserved airports to explore new places. When there’s ATC, I usually go to airports with less traffic so the controllers have another plane to guide, and sometimes fly to the main hub for the traffic and the guarantee of ATC, which smaller airports don’t have.
I usually fly to places I’m interested in, typically in accordance to my virtual airline, irrespective of ATC being there or not. ATC is nice, but I don’t need it most of the time.
I’ll occasionally use the big controlled airports but only as departure locations. I never fly into one after what happened oone one FNF where I had flown a 757 9 hrs only to be denied entry into EGKK and ended up with a total flight time of 10.5hrs because I diverted to Manchester.
I fully agree with you! That’s why what I am doing is when I select a flight from a HUB or a local airport I try to use a flight plan from FR24. I select a random aircraft and use that aircraft route to fly. For example last week when the ATC’s were active in Turkey. I flew from Kayseri to Istanbul to an other non-active ATC airport. So you can see more etc ˆˆ.
I encourage other pilots to do so!
As an example:EK73786 (B737). By just flying the route of this airplane. You already fly to other non-active ATC airports (e.g Moscow and Yerevan)
Generally, I don’t like busy airports for the following reasons
Too much traffic
I would definitely mess up the taxiing
They’re all the same, go up Scotland, check out Kazhakstan, amazing scenery and great places to go!
Today for example I’d recommend going to LFLB. incredible airport with one of our best controllers working tower approach and ATIS. he’s been there for nearly 9 hours🤯! Go have fun and enjoy some unique radar patterns in a beautiful airport in the alps