First of all I want to explain why this topic is not in the #features category. The main goal of this thread is not to request a specific feature for Infinite Flight. It’s a collection of ideas of how Training Server can be improved today.
What’s todays situation?
As of today it is required to be at Grade 2 in order to fly on Training Server. For Grade 2 you need to have the following requirements:
- 1hr of Total Flight Time
- 25 Landings
- 1000 XP
- Less than 250 reports in the last two years
- Less than 25 violations in the last 7 days
So far so good. As a pilot you need to have a certain level to be allowed on TS where you can start training under ATC conditions with the main goal to get on Expert Server.
There are two major problems though:
- Untrained ATC
Those two problems often make it almost impossible to train for the realistic conditions on Expert Server. This is probably why so many pilots struggle when they get on Expert the first time. It’s a different world with strictly enforced rules. At the moment, Training Server is like Casual Server with ATC.
But how can we change that?
Written Exam for Training Server ATC
In order to be allowed to control as an ATC officer on Training Server you have to pass the written ATC exam. As soon as you passed the written exam you’re allowed to control. This will ensure that the controller has some basic knowledge on how to handle traffic. It also gives the controller a chance to train the right way. They get to know how they have to handle certain situations the right way without just trying something that ends up wrong. They won’t receive the full IFATC training until they reach a certain amount of operations. But they already passed the written exam.
This will also ensure that pilots on Training Server will get the possibility to train under more realistic conditions.
Improved Disciplinary System on TS
At the moment, there are little to no consequences for pilots on Training Server who behave inappropriate on purpose. This can change by an improved disciplinary system. An idea would be that ghostings should be introduced on Training Server as well. In order to get ghosted, a pilot would need to receive a certain amount of reports. This system ones existed but was misused. This could be prevented by counting ATC reports and pilot reports differently. For example: In order to be ghosted, a pilot would need to receive 3 pilot report and 1 ATC report. By making sure that the pilot was reported by ATC as well as other pilots, the system would be more difficult to be misused.
Those were two ideas I came up with after I sat down for a while and thought about that issue. Maybe some of you have some different ideas as well. The thing is, that people are paying to play on Training Server. And their experience gets disturbed by the earlier described problems. In addition, if they don’t learn the procedures the right way in Training Server they will continue to make the same mistakes on Expert Server too.
Thank you for your time, and feel free to share your thoughts and ideas as well.