The expert server is having problems with the ATC frequencies. I’m shooting the approach to EHAM, tomthetank is the approach controller. I call inbound for ILS on any runway, no response. But I hear him responding to other aircraft. He asks my intentions, I call again for ILS any runway - no response. Before I know it I’m put into a 360 pattern. I don’t know if he could hear me or not, I’m trying to follow ATC procedures but I wasn’t getting any responses to my calls. I was waiting to be put onguard for a ghosting, thankfully that never came. I was finally put on ILS for 27 and shot the approach. Handed off to tower, and I call inbound on ILS for 27. Again, no response. I’m put onguard by tower, I call in again and verify I’m on the correct frequency. In deed I was on the right frequency but then I started hearing the approach traffic. At that point I gave up and exited the flight because I couldn’t continue flying the plane safety because I could not establish comms with ATC.
Here is a screen shot of when I was attempting to contact tower. I was on tower but seeing approach traffic.
This is really frustrating, because this is happening more and more. It can’t be a connection issue because I was on full strength wifi. I’m not calling fault on the controllers, they were doing there jobs fine. But the experience of going into a controlled field is degrading.
What could help mitigate this and to save the controllers some time directing their space is for them to start using the approach and or departure procedures for the fields they are controlling. So in an instance where comms are an issue, if a controller sees a pilot following the approach procedures to final then the pilot should fly the approach almost automatically until handoff. And the controller would only need to vector or change altitudes if a conflict existed or to put them on final. The procedures are easy to find and use for free while controlling in ForeFlight. Something like this could be instituted on a trial basis without any immediate change to the sim.
I’m hoping someone will take a look at this.