Thanks for posting this. I’m actually waiting to see a “negative” response (more constructive criticism). Because I believe we can learn from dissatisfied pilot’s experience to make the ATC environment better.
With that said, we (IFATC) love controlling and have a fun time doing it (even when sessions are hectic). We are doing our best to cut down on those 25-30nm finals and utilize parallel approaches more when we can. This not only ups (Not U P S 😄) our skill level but allows you, the pilot, to get to your airport before your mom/dad or even husband/wife pulls you off that mobile device. So hopefully you all noticed a more expeditious flow going into some airports. be aware when you operate into a single rwy airport, that delays are more prevalent because we have to get planes out. This requires more spacing.
But what I dislike when I fly on the expert server is getting vectored on a 30nm downwind or a controller not utilizing all commands available (like speed to maintain and holding pattern). A 30 nm final can be avoided by having aircraft hold in stacks (hold at different altitudes) or keep spacing tighter btw planes (3-5nm) beside 10-15nm.
With any relationship to work, there has to be a good form of communication btw the two. In this case “the two” are the pilot and controller. Unfortunately the commands on IF limit what the pilot can say. FOR EXAMPLE: “Quantas 91 Heavy, present position, make a right 360.” Next the controller notices Quantas 91, has turned right to heading 3 6 0 and speeding towards Delta. The controller then sends a “please follow instructions” command and the pilot gets confused and signs off thinking they will get the dreaded ghost 👻. Yes, the pilot should have studied the tutorials before getting on the expert server but we all make mistakes. IF can limit pilot feedback while flying. A “Sorry, I don’t understand” command could be useful. So hopefully updated commands will continue to become available to both the pilot and controller.
I think I got carried away there 😂😂. All in all ATC is great and improving. Also, the pilots are doing a good job too.