An open letter to the community:
It makes me kind of upset to write this
Recently the rules for flying in the expert server have been revamped, something which i fully support and am behind. There isn’t anything i value more on the expert server then realism and professionalism - it’s the only way the server can function to provide fulfilment for AV geeks like myself and the many others who explore it. Unfortunately since the release of global, many new players have abused the way the expert server works ultimately requiring a revamp.
3 days ago i learnt that one of the new rules required no more than 5 ghosts in 365 days, something i found out the hard way as i was denied access at EGCC as i prepared for a red eye to KSFO as i had 6 ghosts/
I hold my hand up and admit that when i first joined the server in April 17 i made mistakes. Mistakes that should have been made on TS1 before i chose to advance to the expert server. Entering the runway without clearance: done it, taxiing to the wrong runway: done it, incorrectly followed approach commands: done it.
I learned from these punishments quickly, pulled myself together and i haven’t received a ghost since summer however, those mistakes i made are still unacceptable in an environment where i hindered the simulator experience for fellow pilots and for that i can only say sorry.
I am now left in a position where i am leaving infinite flight. There is no longer a place left for me in the sim. I do not find the realism and professionalism i enjoy in TS1 therefore there is simply no value in me continuing to pay for my subscription. £130 has been spent in the last 18 months.
I’d firstly like to say thank you to Devs! the immersive experience that you have built is second to none. I have always been keen in aviation but had never found the platform to explore and understand it and what you have developed has allowed myself and many others to do just that. I am currently saving to attend flight school in the summer and i am sure that the skills i learned along the way will put me in good step to begin my training.
Thank you to the amazing IFATC team, i may have been a pain to begin but i got there in the end. Thank you for your patience, resilience and overall commitment to enhancing the simulator on expert server. Special mention to @wayne_horne and @Paul_petropoulos who’s airspace i find myself in extremely frequently.
Thank you moderators for working restlessly to ensure that the forum remains informative and friendly.
Thank you all the lovely people who came to my 250th landing grade 4 event back in June, was definitely a highlight!
Finally thank you to all the friends i have shared the skies with along the way. @Camr for taking me under his wing (pun intended) at Air France/KLM VA and @Balloonchaser for organising some really creative and fun events.
From louiisorr/ Channex 97 / BEE this is goodbye, i’ve left a few pictures of my favourite moments.