As a member of IFATC, I’ve recently had an increasing number of pilots on the expert server who call inbound on the ILS/GPS when they’re on base or downwind, who think that ‘Line up and wait’ means ‘Hold short of the runway and wait for your takeoff clearance’, who sit on the runway for a minute without doing anything after being cleared for an immediate takeoff or who think ‘backtaxi runway xxx, please expedite’ means ‘you may proceed down the runway at 5kts when you feel like it’.
This happens to me all the time. Every session, I have a few people who do each of the above. FDS and the community have taken many steps to try eliminate this problem, yet there are still people who ignore the community forums and fly on expert because they feel they can get away with no knowledge of the procedures we use.
I am aware of the many requests to change the requirement so that only Grade 4s And above are allowed on Expert, but I believe that would only narrow down the number of people who are allowed to fly on Expert, but the ratio of those who do know the procedures to those who don’t would stay similar.
You mean you might have a way of definitely separating those who know the procedures from those who don’t?
That’s exactly what I mean. The way my idea would work is there would be a multiple choice test that a pilot would have to pass in order to be allowed to fly on Expert, covering all the main procedures.
A test every time we want to spawn on Expert?! What a useless waste of time.
No no no. As a programmer myself, I believe it should not be that difficult to add a logic that would check whether the user has previously successfully completed the test, and if the user did, then they will be let to spawn on expert straight away.
OK, so now you have the people who know their stuff, but what about those who fail the test?
I believe if someone fails the test, they should be given a message saying they need to improve their knowledge of the procedures, and a link pointing them to the tutorials category on IFC.
It’s still inasenly easy to cheat and Google the answers when filling in the quiz
And? It doesn’t matter if the pilot knew the procedure, or Googled it whilst taking the test. The important thing is that he has had to put some thought into the procedure and should hopefully now know it.
And… Breathe 😃 that’s my idea, I’d love to hear what you guys got to say about it.
Other great suggestions by fellow community members
See ya in the skies… ☁️✈️