Flying out of TNCM this afternoon on Expert, I was appalled out how little people knew about how to operate at the airport. For being the primary airport in the Caribbean region, one would expect most would know how to operate at it, but I guess ignorance is rampant.
First off I saw people disregarding taxiways. Newsflash, you always stick to the taxiways, especially on Expert. If you choose not to, enjoy a nice ghosting and probation from the Expert server. Parking stands and gates are not taxiways, they are part of the ramp, which aircraft only pull into to park and pushback from. Aircraft do not travel anywhere else on the ground except on the carefully preplanned taxiways. Meaning if someone is stopped in front of you you stop and dont taxi through the grass or parking to get around them. And it definitely does not mean taxiing through them.
Secondly, a huge rule about TNCM is that because there is very little taxiways, when someone is pushing back from parking you hold your position, especially for those pushing back from Gate A3/A4 as they must pushback partially into the intersecting taxiway. When that is happening, it does not mean you taxi through the parking stands to get to your gate, it means holding position. Because there are no ATC ground ops you are responsible for how you taxi at TNCM.
Thirdly, spacing on approach, come on people this just isnt a problem at TNCM but it is far more important there since there are no quick exit ramps at TNCM, and you should be back taxiing on any non-prop aircraft to exit the runway if you are being realistic. In a nutshell, there should not be 2 aircraft on final at the same time. If you are then the one following should do a 360 for spacing.
Finally, about that backtaxi, if someone is backtaxiing to exit the runway and you still decide to proceed to land after following them in, I really hope you know that you are priority number one to be ghosted on Expert server and shouldn’t complain if you are ghosted.