I wanted to report my experience of the expert server this afternoon to highlight some of the over zealous atc and how they can ruin the experience of infinite flight. Most of the time atc on expert server is fantastic and are so good they should be getting paid! however from my experience some controllers are to quick to threaten ghosting to aircraft instead of realizing their own mistakes.
I had been approaching sfo from the north co,in from Seattle following atc instructions and at this point was one right base 28R. I was less than one mile from final and had begun my turn when atc tower instructed me to extend downwind. Then immediately threatened with ghosting I had to end my flight. A waste of 1:30 hours for no reason.
I see a few problems.
One, i believe ghosting should be use for players who are ruining the experience of expert server for the rest of us by: being unrealiatic, not obeying ground instructions, being unresponsive to atc. What is more unrealistic is hearing constantly on atc the controller telling people they will be ghosted. Controllers need to realize a few key things. 1, infinite flight isn’t perfect, it can be hard to follow some of your instructions/ give appropriate replies. 2. You may have made a mistake too or not been clear or fair to pilots. 3. In a realistic world you can’t ghost every plane which isn’t where you want it.
IF is something users pay a lot of money for and invest a lot of time in. Having that time and money being taken from your for mistakes (on the part of pilot or atc) does not build a good environment and helps no one.
I’m not a stickler for perfect atc by any means. Personally I’d rather their be more atc who are less than perfect than only one airport open with a pro controlling. My problem lies with atc being the supreme authority even though they are just as human as everyone else.