Hello! I’ve noticed many people in the expert server who don’t seem to know much about the use of “Heavy” and “Super” though its not required you use them in IF, it’s a good idea to use them when appropriate if you want to maintain the highest level in realism! (which you should on the expert server) So here we go.
The FAA requires any aircraft over the weight of 300,000lbs to use the term “heavy” after their callsign. This includes the following aircraft in the game.
The FAA also created the term “super” when the A380 was certified. The A380 is the only in game aircraft that should use “super”
Any other aircraft that was not included in the lists above should not use either “super” or “heavy”
The reason the FAA implemented these rules is because of “wake turbulence” and it can be easiest described as the wake of a boat, a larger or faster boat will create more waves, so by deeming aircraft with these names, ATC can give proper spacing between aircraft and others so they do not experience turbulent air.
If you use these callsigns in the game, you can help the ATC properly give spacing and runway assignments so that the heavy and super aircraft can make a safe and trouble free approach, also giving them enough time to exit the runway.
So lets try not to use “Southwest 1792 Heavy” anymore lol. Thanks everyone!