ATTENTION ALL: This topic has changed so much, it’s not even funny. There’s obviously more downsides to having pay-as-you-go, so we’re switching this topic to only downsides. (And if you’d like, you can also name some ways to improve this system.
The question now is: What are some reasons FDS will not put pay-as-you-go into IF?
Feel free to read everything I have below for a couple of the positives to a system like this.
But enough of the positives, what are all the negatives?
I’ll update the “ALL EDITS” list as we get more negatives!
So my last post got shut down. https://community.infiniteflight.com/t/pay-as-you-go-mainly-for-discussion-d/239044/8 As far as I know, it was because I put it in Features, but I should have put it in General instead. (EDIT: please do not close this post, I was allowed to create this discussion!
I’m just looking to get a discussion going about reasons this idea may or may not work.
If I’m doing something wrong by putting this in General now, feel free to close this topic immediately! Can you just DM me to tell me what I’m doing wrong? I’d like to learn for future reference. Thank you!
And before leaving a comment or question, be sure to read the current suggestions in the “ALL EDITS” section below!
Now, for my post:
Okay, I know that this probably won’t happen in Infinite Flight for a number of reasons. However, I thought it might be nice just to throw this idea out there. (I hope this isn’t a duplicate.)
Feel free everyone to share your ideas on this approach. I don’t necessarily intend for IF to implement this, but I thought it might be nice to discuss the pros and cons of a system like this.
Often times I find myself never flying to regions like Antartica or central Russia. Should I still get charged for these areas that I never fly to?
What if you were automatically charged every time you flew through a “region”? These regions might be similar in size to those of pre-global. The prices for different regions might vary depending on their popularity. (For example, KLAX might be slightly more expensive than an airport in Greenland.)
It might change how much it charges depending on how long you fly in the region.
The system will not charge for any time the aircraft is stationary on the ground.
So what do you all think? Is there anything I should add/change? Feel free to discuss ways to improve this system and ways in which this system will/won’t work.
And btw, if I liked your comment/question, there’s a good chance you’ll see it below:
August 15, 2018 With the current prices of Global being pretty high for some, maybe this plan might seem more inviting for those people? More people buying = more revenue?
August 15, 2018 The App Store doesn’t support this type of billing at the moment.
August 15, 2018 Pilots misusing the system, cheating and taking advantage of bugs.
August 15, 2018 Potential lost revenue from this system? Could cancel out the benefit of having new buyers?
August 15, 2018 Overall just very complicated, not super efficient*
August 15 Route planning complications…
August 15 For many people, it’s cheap enough already right now.
August 15 People wanting to do ATC???
Ways to improve this system:
August 15, 2018 Improve efficiency and allow more sampling, see @cblaydes7 's post.
August 15, 2018 Maybe just add this option instead of replacing others? That way pilots can choose whichever option will be cheaper.
August 15, 2018 Another option is to replace having no subscription at all with a system like this.
August 15, 2018 My original idea was to bill by time, it doesn’t matter how many times they enter the region.
August 15 Too much risk of lost revenue
Thanks, and happy flying!