As you may have noticed, a new Hotfix is rolling out to optimize performance for iPhone 7 users which comes with a few other goodies!
Along with the beautiful new Infinite Flight 2016 livery, you’ll also notice that some new commands have been added to our ATC menus. Below you’ll find a few simple, but much needed instructions available:
Approach & Center/Misc: “Aircraft is too large for destination airport”
All Facilities/Broadcast Message: “Attention all aircraft, runway change in progress”
“Please check help pages” now reads “Please check tutorials on the forum for assistance using ATC instruction”
Ground/Misc: “Please wait for clearance before crossing the runway”
Ground/Broadcast Message: “Attention all aircraft, please file a flight plan before requesting taxi” This is best used during peak times and FNF’s. During normal traffic conditions pilots will not be required to file a flight plan, although it is highly encouraged for better service.
All Radar/Misc: “Expect deviation from flight plan”
All Facilities/Correction, Standby: “Disregard last message”, which now allows you to send a correction or simply a disregard for a wrong button selection
All Facilities/Misc: “Please Expedite”, which can be used following any command you’d like them to expedite
Remember, you may experience issues using commands on those users(Android to iOS) that aren’t updated. Feel free to ask questions below. I hope to see these new commands make ATC more enjoyable for you!
As IFATC, we’ve been advised to use this command only when necessary (during FNFs, etc). We won’t go checking every aircraft if they have a flight plan before they depart - we don’t have the time for that.
Also, I would say a direct flight plan is sufficient. That doesn’t take too much effort, does it? ;)
Getting into the habit of filing a plan will go a long way when global comes out. Filing a plan helps ATC know what needs opening and the volume. If you are going to stay in the pattern for a few and then depart, you can still file a plan and request for the pattern at takeoff.