A few points of my own in regards to this ongoing issue. I know there is topics constantly discussing this, but they aren’t really about any solutions… This is simply a suggestion in regards to ‘grading’. Its not really a single feature request, but merely some suggested ‘tweaks’
The grading system, whilst much better than it previously was, focuses too much on ‘activity’ rather than ‘ability.’
I like how ghosting and violations reduces you down grades, but you should also lose some XP so as to get more of a punishment than a simple downgrade for 24 hours or whatever it is, and straight back to expert the following evening. It is NOT hard to not get violations or ghostings, I have not had a single violation in over 12 months. It is not hard. If you find it hard to avoid violations, then that is proof that you do not deserve to be on the advanced server. The hardest part about remaining grade 5 is ensuring you complete 200 landings within the 90 day period.
My suggestion in regards to ensuring persons with ‘ability’ rather than ‘activity’ get access to the advanced server is three simple things:
Make the XP required much higher
Lose XP for ghostings and violations, and finally
Give XP for correct flying and procedures. This may take some work, however part of it is already complete. The trick is to not ‘punish’ for not doing these things, but rather to reward XP for doing the right thing. This is how the higher XP will be achieved. some examples:
-cruising at the correct altitude east/west travel would reward you.
-announcing the correct positions on unicom/atc (the atc command box already picks up where you are in the pattern and displays the word ‘current’ when you are on ‘left base’ for example)
-using strobes in the correct fashion
-taxiing only after gainin clearance and/or announcing on unicom.
-not exceeding certain climb rate / N1 % parameters
-keeping separation minima with other aircraft during your flight.
Again, the trick is not to punish, but to reward. Punishments wont work as the app may have some discrepencies with certain things (ie location in the pattern, other aircraft like fighters intentionally reducing separation minima or simply GA aircraft flying in formation) so no punishments, only rewards if correctly done. I understand some of these may take a lot of work to implement, but you don’t need to necessarily implement all of the rewards. Focus on the big issues people have and what is causing the dramas on each server.
This is the only way to encourage correct and courteous flying. At the moment, if you don’t overspeed and complete enough landings, you dont even have to have any other single understanding of aviation, let alone be able to spell aviation, and you have access to the advanced server.