- Thu May 02, 2019 7:06 pm
Also, it is rare, but increasing, the number of pilots that file /A. So almost all (again /A movement is increasing) pilots are RNAV capable regardless of what they're flying. So I don't hold controllers accountable to that; a /A capable pilot is even rarer than the aircraft.
What controllers should start doing and i'm assuming this is how RW controllers "catch" the /A is if it's a small prop expect /A. Or any small/older turbo prop like any single engine or B1900, B200, (not necessarily B350 as they're newer) expect /A unless noted otherwise. I know Carenado has an FMC in their B1900 but having flown B1900's on the line in RW I've NEVER seen one with an FMC, most don't even have autopilots (don't count Otto in the right seat) unless flown single pilot like Ameriflight cargo.
So as said above, cut the controller some slack, simply state "unable, as slant Alpha" or "unable RNAV" and they will be happy to either vector you or figure out another departure.
I think the relationship between pilots and controllers has eroded on Vatsim. The controllers are generally, and expected to be, MUCH more competent than a lot of the pilots online. So we're expecting more from them. However, it's a two way street, I think if more pilots were competent (not experts, just not clueless) and if everyone had a little more patience with each other (both controllers and pilots) we can re-establish the great connection. But controllers can also have more patience with newbies, which is hard because they are BUSY. Watch controllers on Twitch someday, they are NON stop. Pilots get to flip on the autopilot and chill out for a while, generally the controllers don't get that. Watch some of them on an FNO, good lord they are WAY over taxed. Remember RW there are a TON more sectors and a TON more controllers to deal with all the pilots, from ramp controllers, delivery to various altitudes in Centre (yes 'RE'
). Leave from a class b or c airport in real life and you've spoken to 4 or 5 different people before getting airbourne.
Patience everyone and everyone have a good time.