It’s no secret that Infinite Flight’s latest update contains a swathe of new toys to enjoy. It’s also no secret that many of them have transformed the playing field when it comes to giving and receiving ATC services.
In light of those recent advances, this is a reminder to every pilot flying in the Expert Server skies that GPS approaches are no longer being given as of the time of writing. IFATC has been briefed of this change and will be modifying services accordingly.
With GPS gone, what can you request as a pilot? Good question.
- ILS approaches to any instrument-equipped field (if your aircraft has the capability).
- Visual approaches w/ weather permitting. Threshold of 3nm per current standards.
- General radar vectors to the vicinity of an airfield.
Even though plenty of options are still available to you as outlined above, there is one additional caveat to consider - the possibility of airfields closing due to weather. Although such circumstances may be incredibly rare, be prepared to divert or hold if the weather plays a factor. Some examples include, but are not limited, to…
- Poor visibility at an airfield not equipped with an ILS.
- Airfields cloaked under the minimums for any kind of approach.
- Unavailability of ILS or other vertical guidance means.
To sum, make sure you pack up some extra fuel in the future. As Infinite Flight grows in complexity, it is important to pay attention to little things like those in order to ensure your flights are successful. Part of doing so involves planning for what kind of approach(es) you might conduct, of which the absence of GPS can change things considerably. Tyler elaborates a bit on this decision and the reasons as to why it was enacted in this post below.
Will GPS approaches return someday? Who knows. For now, be safe, be prepared, and have fun!