…if using 08L/26R at EGKK gives you an aneurysm, maybe also consider that in the real world:
They don’t have 45 jets in a 10 nm radius flying at 349 knots at the time.
No one takes off from next door in a 388 asking to be shoved into line in front of 10 other jets.
No one has a single-waypoint flight plan from KJFK to VHHH.
No one flies Cessna patterns at EGLL during peak hours.
No one flies straight through other planes.
No one taxis straight through the terminal at 50 knots to beat another plane to the runway.
No one flies a 737 at FL450 with 106% N1.
No one lands against the flow of traffic because they can’t be bothered to fly an extra downwind.
No one is still at FL240 5 miles from intercept.
No one creates their flight plan while holding short of the runway or pushed back behind two other planes who have to hold position the entire time.
No one gets to fly an A388 without the slightest clue as to how to communicate with ATC.
No one flies 240 knots on a 2-mile final.
No one simply enters the runway without permission or starts taxiing whenever they please.
No one flies not knowing the proper flight levels for eastbound and westbound travel.
No one climbs to FL340 on a 50 nm flight.
No one in an A388 asks for VFR flight.
No one tells the departure controller they are ‘unable’ to avoid flying straight through another plane.
No one climbs at 7000 FPM, or descends at 3000 FPM at M0.88.
No one flies a commercial route without a detailed flight plan which utilizes airways or without followong the altitude and speed restrictions on the IAPs.
We try to stick to real-world procedures as best we can. But sometimes it is simply not possible.
Why? Because while this is a sim, as you can tell from the long list above, we aren’t dealing with real-world pilots.
Gatwick had no clearance delivery working today in IF. If it bothers you too much, fly somewhere else. But there are plenty of things that IFATC allows that stray far from real-world procedures.
So let pilots stick to flying as professionally as possible and let IFATC deal with traffic as efficiently as possible. With an unrealistic volume of traffic, we may have to make concessions to real-world procedures.
Everyone has a heart attack about a runway which is actually a taxiway or the wrong livery at the wrong airport, all the while committing any number of the above infractions which are a whole lot more meaningful.
If you’re that concerned about real-world procedures, perhaps ghostings are in order for 388s with filed flight plans requesting VFR flight. Maybe flying around the globe with a single-waypoint flight plan should earn you a vacation?
We know the real-world procedures. Sometimes it isn’t possible, because 5 pilots just took off in Triple-7s from EGLC bound for EGLL.
It goes both ways. And as you can see, the scale is quite heavily tilted in one direction.
I’m sorry. Just think about the enormous list of things on the piloting end before you worry about whether your home airport is using slightly different procedures because traffic volume is entirely unrealistic, as is pilot behavior.