- Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:49 am
Schiphol uses two auto-handoff procedures (TWR->Departure and TWR->Ground), meaning that a pilot should contact the next station at predescribed moments without instruction from ATC, and without 'saying goodbye'.
On VATSIM, some pilots are aware of this, some are not. For the tower controller on VATSIM, the voice list is a very convenient tool to check if a pilot is still (and wrongly) on his frequency, so that he can instruct the pilot to contact the next station after all. Failing to do so will cause pilots leveling off at the initial climb FL, or stopping at the runway exit, in both cases hindering the sequence / traffic flow.
The lack of a voice list will inevitably lead to an increased workload for the departure and ground controllers. It's not the end of the world, but it's a loss anyway.
(And yes, I am aware that RL controllers don't have a voice list. I am even more aware that RL pilots are better informed about local RL procedures than VATSIM pilots. Therefore, the 'RL argument' is not valid in this case in my opinion).
Anyway, as this seems to be a design choice, bad luck for me for now. From a technical standpoint this cannot be hard to implement: all aircraft can broadcast their current freq ever X seconds, and at server level, you can keep track of all frequencies in respect to the ground stations and their range.