I must say that flying on the advanced server is beginning to lose its appeal. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nothing to do with the controllers themselves who the vast majority of the time are fantastic, it’s more due to the fact that there are so few of them ! I use the server regularly and can’t remember the last time I completed a flight without an ATC going offline half way through.
Example I have just finished a flight around the Amsterdam region, took off from the Hague, headed towards Dusseldorf. After 5 mins or so Dusseldorf tower disappears. OK, look around the map and Brussels tower is open so divert to there. After 2 more mins Brussels tower stops abruptly, look around again and Dusseldorf is back open ! So make another turn back there, vectored in nicely by approach and after all of that (some 30 mins of flying later) am turned away by tower saying airport is full (and yes there were plently queuing to take off from 23L but 23R perfectly available for landing).
Like most others I fly on the advanced server to get the most realistic experience, it is pointless using it when there is no interaction with live ATC. It’s a big part of the $4.99 I pay each month. So come on guys, there are many people using this forum who desperately want to control on the advanced, we’ve been told for months now that testing will resume “very soon”. As the heading says, please expedite, let’s get a decent number of controllers and make the advanced experience better for everyone !