Good simulator but...

I love this game. I’ve been with it for about 2 years now but I’ve been noticing that when ever start a flight, I will always fly from different airports that have an IFATC controlling. However by the time I’m about to landing the airports atc always switches to Unicom. This annoys me as it is great fun with the IFATC. I feel like there should be a timer for how long there controlling the atc so us people can plan our flight before so we know if the IFATC are still there. NO HATE I love this game but it’s just annoyed me especially when I do a long haul and by the time I get to the airport an IFATC is controlling it’s turns to Unicom. Does anyone agree with me or is it just me. ***Sorry for the paragraph if you got this far! Reece

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I believe that there already is a minimum time that IFATC need to control for. I think its one hour but im not an IFATC member so I might be wrong.

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Ok I’m not sure either but do you understand where I’m coming from. The IFATC just go away when I’m about to land from a long flight. It’s annoying:(

Hey there Reece! I understand your frustration. David is correct here, IFATC are required to open Class Bravo airports for at least an hour at a time. Also, the featured airports for the day in the ATC Schedule usually stay open for long periods of time. We try our best to keep as many airports open.

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I feel your pain. I’ve honestly stopped doing long flights into IFATC airports because of this exact reason.

Let’s remember, though, that IFATC controllers are doing so on a voluntary basis. They have their own lives and things going on, same as us. While it can be frustrating to complete a 10 hour long haul only to land on Unicom, it is unfortunately one of the very few (and maybe only) negatives to the current set up.

Maybe try shorter routes at peak ATC times to achieve a more favorable result for your flight.

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Ok thank you

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Yes thank you for agreeing.

Completely understand your pain! It is tough as these controllers do try hard to control as long as possible, but a lot of us just get unlucky. :)

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Yh it does suck:( Thanks for agreeing

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IFATC’s are advised to open up a frequency for at least 1 hour in a class Bravo airport and 30 minutes in a class Charlie.The ATC team has to do with volunteers that like to spend their (free) time controlling on Expert Server. With that being said, if the time limit has passed and they have to close, they always announce in the IFATC Slack first, if someone can take or not. Secondly, if the airport is too busy, we are keeping the frequencies open until someone else can take. I know it can be frustrating some times and ofcourse the IFATC’s are not closing the frequency whenever you arrive on purpose. As being said, the featured airports should remain open for a longer period of time. My advice is to continue flying on expert in the active ATC region and if you see that the airport you are approaching at is busy, you will most likely see the airport dot turning to green:)

Regards

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Ok thank you for your reply. So I can see on slack then when that are about to close???

As the above users have mentioned, IFATC control airports when they have free time. Time restrictions are in place.

With that said, come join the IFATC Team and help out in the controlling effort!

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Sounds like a feature request.

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I think we should set one up for it, as many people would want it and infinite flight would hopefully listen as they are a great team!

Or just a tracking thread on the IFC where we can post if the airport is about to close.

Only the members of the IFATC team have access to this slack where they announce when they open and when they are about to close.

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Oh ok thanks for that. Means a lot

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IFATC is always accepting applicants that meet the prerequisites. Join the team and help us in the effort to keep as many airports open as we can. We are always welcoming new talent and our team is full of great instructors to help the next up and coming controllers flourish. I hope that this message will inspire the community!

Attached is the join link: Infinite Flight ATC Recruiting

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I may have a go thanks for that !

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I think you are so right!
When you start a long flight look at airports bar in the right. Let’s say you’ll see that there are 100 arrivals in EGLL and there is an active ATC there. Most of the chances that I’m 10 hour there will be ATC in this airport.
But let’s say that you can see that in EGKK there are 90 arrivals too. Then you cannot know.

If you want to make a long flight with landing in ATC Airport just make sure it will be open. (if there are 100 arrivals in EGLL and 10 arrivals in EGKK for example).

Hope you understand and it helps

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