Hello IFC, hope all of you are having a nice day! 😀
I want to bring this topic up today because I feel that it isn’t as talked about, yet is prevalent enough to have an engaging discussion.
Recently, I have been noticing some unfair treatment of airports in respect to their realistic procedures. The additions of SIDs/STARs have for sure reduced the number of runways errors, but I have noticed this realism to be disproportionate between airports.
Example: if someone were to spot a grade 3, or expert server qualifying pilot, land on runway 25R or 24L (the inside runways) at KLAX airport, many would probably point their errors out right away and, hopefully, the wronged pilot will proceed to land realistically in the future.
However, just today, as I was on final rwy 10C at KORD, I saw two grade 3 pilots landing on rwy 10L. Anyone familiar with KORD procedures would know that they rarely land on 10L. I proceeded to provide some traffic advisories for 10C in the hope they would correct course, only to have one of the pilots respond back with a countering traffic advisory. This really got me upset as there was no way I could convince them that 10C was the realistic runway.
As a local Chicago resident, it gets me upset when airports like KLAX are (to some degree) kept more realistic compared to airports like KORD, and tons of others across the globe, which are blatantly ignored!
My question is this: if realism can be upheld at airports like KLAX, why can’t we uphold realism at all airports?
What gets me upset even more is that this, I feel, should be an expectation rather than a common courtesy of expert sever pilots. You should be checking for correct runway procedures in use, regardless of whether IFATC is present or not. There are tons of free resources that pilots can use to check for correct runway operations, including Flightradar24.com, FlightAware.com, and liveflightapp.com for when IFATC is present. This unfair, and biased treatment of realism is present, and we need to work towards ending it as much as possible.
Let’s try to uphold realism everywhere, not just at popular airports or at those you want!
Many of you will probably ignore this post, or even try to counter it. I would like to engage in a healthy discussion about this and all of your opinions without having an argument.
I understand that there are a plethora of IFATC restrictions at controlled airports, but this post is in regards to situations without IFATC presence. We love the IFATC effort, and this post is NOT ABOUT IFATC!
Lets try to keep the comments respectful and adhere to the IFC rules. Thanks for reading! 😁