Help for an intermediate?

So, I’ve been playing this game for a few months now, and I’m close to ranking up to rank 3. I thought I had almost everything down, but then I look at all these posts on proper ways to approach a runway, different altitudes to stay at depending on the direction of your craft, when to descend and at what rate, etc. I am really excited to go on expert servers, but I’m afraid I’ll mess up. Any tips for playing in expert mode, and how to do it as realistically as possible?

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Follow all ATC instructions and you will be fine!

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Great post, with a very relevant point.
Don’t just fly on Expert just because you fell asleep and made it to Grade 3 😉 Prepare yourself, and save yourself and others frustration. So…we’re glad you asked.

I recommend you view the Pilot tutorials on YouTube and keep in mind a few tips…

  • understand what a traffic pattern is
  • don’t request remaining in the pattern if you’re not planning to remain in the pattern (fly circles around the airport)
  • know how to enter via downwind, base, etc
  • make sure you’re at the right altitude when contacting ATC. When contacting Approach, make sure you’re at 15000 - 18000 feet approx 50 NM out of the airport.
  • contact Tower when you’re about 15 - NM out at about 10,000 feet.
  • check ATIS before you contact any other controller for that airport. After this, don’t switch back to ATIS.
  • never ever enter a runway without permission.
  • know what a back-taxi is
  • know how to go-around
  • when you request departure ‘straight out’ then please do so
  • know when to request a Transition; only when you fly through Tower’s airspace (in IF 5000 feet above Ground level) and you’re not intending to land.
  • understand that with ‘exit runway, cross runway x and contact ground’, you contact Ground after you crossed.
  • hold short with your entire aircraft behind the hold short line
  • check the pilot tutorial guide. Link in post below.
  • know how to work with Approach controller.
  • when you’re flying an airliner to another airport, make it a good practice to prepare a flight plan
  • don’t press the NAV button two seconds after your wheels leave the ground. Instead, fly your aircraft away from the airport towards your flight plan, and then switch on NAV.
  • don’t immediately quit your flight when you get told to follow instructions.
  • when you get told to check tutorials, then please do so here
  • and in the event you get reported, find the controller and send him a direct message to find out why and learn from it.
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Here is a great post to read before starting!

Also, check out the IF youtube channel!

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Good thing @Brandon_Sandstrom puts great effort toward helping aviators. Have a look at this topic. There’s a ton of great info in there.

Pilot tutorial guide

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