Do you guys fly mostly long-haul flights? Maybe 8 hours, even more than 10 hours flights? How many of you would fly these routes at night when you are sleeping? And how many of you end up having to turn around or divert, or even crash because you ran out of fuel (with some speed violations too), when you return to your device too late?
To me, it’s very annoying that this happens, especially when you are running out of fuel, since that many hours of flight would be wasted just like this. And it’s not only me, sometimes when looking at the radar when in game, I commonly see someone still cruising at 40000 feet over their destination according to their flight plans on the Expert Server. Like this guy, taken just minutes ago on LiveFlight because I saw him flying over WSSS without desending:
So, I propose having a build-in alarm into the app, so that if you are at a particular distance / ETE away from the destination (I suggest 500 nm from destination, although there can also be a setting where you can change the distance / time from the airport). I know, you can always have an alarm set in your mobile. Thing is, running an iOS device, if the alarm sounds in the middle of your flight, IF has the tendency to crash (force close), causing your entire flight to be lost. Well, I experienced this a month ago, and I don’t know if this bug has been fixed as of now since I don’t dare to ruin another long haul flight again.
There are two reasons why I propose this feature, even though it does not contribute to having a more realistic flight simulator. The first is, since IF does not allow any alarms to be set on your device because it would crash, we would have to use another device/alarm clock to wake up on time. However, some or most of you would be playing IF on your one and only mobile phone, as you either do not have a spare phone or an iPad. This leaves us to only use ‘traditional’ alarm clocks. And some of them are not loud enough to wake us up either.
Second is, the ETE would vary due to the winds. I may set my alarm to ring about 30 minutes before my scheduled arrival time, and would find myself waking up either too early (due to strong headwinds) or too late (strong tailwinds). If too early, I would unintentionally go back to sleep since I would be tired for waking up early, causing myself to oversleep again. If too late, well you know the consequences…
Thus, by having this feature, it would ensure our long haul flights won’t go to waste, especially when we conduct these flights at night. As said, I’m aware this does not contribute to the realism of IF, but I’m sure it would make our experiences when flying long haul flights better.
Thank you and cheers!
I can’t find any similar feature request, feel free to drop a link if there is one.