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8o.1 - Ground Ops: General
Revision: 07 Mar 2022

The following policies apply to all ground operations.

8o.1.1   Pilots must possess and use an airport diagram for navigation.

We recommend pilots write down all taxi instructions using either a piece of paper or FMC scratchpad.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences

8o.1.2   Taxi speeds of greater than 30 knots ground speed are prohibited.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; forces Ghost Mode after 10 seconds (Not currently implemented)
  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: -5 points for every 2 seconds over 30 knots (Not currently implemented)
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences

8o.1.3   Do not purposely block runway exits, especially high-speed exits, while taxiing.

This is particularly important during events at Controlled Airfields and normal operations at Uncontrolled Airfields.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users.
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences

8o.1.4   On landing, ensure that the entire aircraft (including the tail) is clear of a runway and associated hold short lines even if this means positioning the aircraft on a parallel taxiway.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences
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8o.2 - Ground Ops: Controlled
Revision: 07 Mar 2022

The following policies apply to ground operations that are conducted at a Controlled Airfield or in Controlled Airspace.

8o.2.1   All pilots must obtain a clearance from ATC in order to conduct any operations on a Movement Area.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • ATC; through compliance timer (Not currently implemented)
  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences and circumstances

8o.2.2   Compliance with all ATC instructions is mandatory unless you are unable due to operational or safety reasons.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • ATC; through compliance timer (Not currently implemented)
  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences and circumstances

8o.2.3   Review all applicable Airport Advisory charts prior to taxiing.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences and circumstances
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8o.3 - Ground Ops: Uncontrolled
Revision: 07 Mar 2022

The following policies apply to ground operations that are conducted at an Uncontrolled Airfield or in Uncontrolled Airspace.

8o.3.1   Give way to traffic when necessary; do not intentionally cut other traffic off.

This includes not crossing runways without first ensuring that the runway is clear of traffic, holding your pushback to give way to other aircraft pushing, and during taxi operations.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences and circumstances.
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8o.4 - Flight Ops: General
Revision: 07 Mar 2022

The following policies apply to all flight operations.

8o.4.1   Pilots must possess and use proper charts for the airfields and airspace they are operating in.

Pilots are responsible for obtaining their own aeronautical charts.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences and circumstances.

8o.4.2   Comply with any ATS regulation, including airspace requirements, for the country in which you are operating in.

Rules and regulations for different countries can be found in the Jeppesen Airway Manual or equivalent publication such as the AIP.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences

8o.4.3   Review all applicable Airport Advisory charts prior to operating into an airport where Airport Advisory charts are provided for.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences and circumstances.

8o.4.4   Pilots shall not exceed 270 KIAS below 10,000' MSL. (Not currently implemented)

Most countries have rules limiting airspeed to 250 KIAS below 10,000'. In the case of ATC approving "high speed" climbs or descents, a 20 KIAS buffer has been provided.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode
  • Ghost Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; deducts points automatically

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: -5 Quality Points per 2 seconds over 270 KIAS

8o.4.5   Pilots are required to land in the touchdown zone of any runway. (Not currently implemented)

Points are awarded for landings in the touchdown zone (only eligible 2 times per half hour).

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode
  • Ghost Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; deducts points automatically

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: +5 Quality Points for every touchdown within the touchdown zone
  • Loss: -100 Quality Points if you land outside the touchdown zone

8o.4.6   Do not exceed 2000 FPM below 2500 AFE. (Not currently implemented)

The point loss will only occur if the pilot lands after the exceedance. If the pilot goes around, the system resets. The policy does not apply to Light (L) weight category aircraft.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode
  • Ghost Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; deducts points automatically

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: -5 points per 2 seconds over 2000 FPM

8o.4.7   Do not exceed 1000 FPM below 1000 AFE. (Not currently implemented)

The point loss will only occur if the pilot lands after the exceedance. If the pilot goes around, the system resets. The policy does not apply to Light (L) weight category aircraft.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode
  • Ghost Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; deducts points automatically

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: -50 points per 2 seconds over 1000 FPM

8o.4.8   Never land with a tailwind greater than 15 knots. (Not currently implemented)

The point loss will only occur if the pilot lands with the limit exceeded. The policy does not apply to Light (L) weight category aircraft.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode
  • Ghost Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; deducts points automatically

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: -10 points for every knot over 10

8o.4.9   Never land with a crosswind greater than 40 knots. (Not currently implemented)

The point gain is voided if there are any point losses associated with the landing. The policy does not apply to Light (L) weight category aircraft.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode
  • Ghost Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; deducts points automatically

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: +10 points for crosswinds between 25-39 knots
  • Loss: -25 points for each knot over 40

8o.4.10   Do not exceed touchdown rate of -600 FPM. (Not currently implemented)

If the touchdown rate is less than -200 FPM, points will be awarded (only eligible 2 times per half hour). The point gain is voided if there are any point losses associated with the landing.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode
  • Ghost Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; deducts points automatically

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: +5 points per touchdown that is below -200 FPM
  • Loss: -25 points per tocuhdown that exceeds -600 FPM

8o.4.11   Simulated hijackings or the recreation of any hijack or crash scenario is strictly prohibited.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode
  • Ghost Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: -200 points

8o.4.12   Military flight operations are restricted to members certified by the Military Division.

This includes, but is not limited to intercept procedures, escort procedures, aerial refueling, flying military training routes, simulating military training exercises, and requesting activation of military airspace. Formation flying is NOT considered a military flight operation and is permitted for all members as long as they follow applicable regulations.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences

8o.4.13   Supersonic flight is prohibited over any major continental landmass, except military flight operations conducted by the Military Division.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences
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8o.5 - Flight Ops: Controlled
Revision: 07 Mar 2022

The following policies apply to flight operations that are conducted at a Controlled Airfield or in Controlled Airspace.

8o.5.1   All pilots must obtain a clearance from ATC in order to operate into or out of Controlled Airfields or Controlled Airspace.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • ATC; through compliance timer
  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences and circumstances

8o.5.2   Compliance with all ATC instructions is mandatory unless you are unable due to operational or safety reasons.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • ATC; through compliance timer
  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences and circumstances
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8o.6 - Flight Ops: Uncontrolled
Revision: 07 Mar 2022

The following policies apply to flight operations that are conducted at an Uncontrolled Airfield or in Uncontrolled Airspace.

8o.6.1   If departing or arriving at an airfield serviced by a D-ATIS, the active runways and instrument approaches in use specified in the D-ATIS broadcast must be used.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences and circumstances

8o.6.2   ATC may issue control instructions via CPDLC or via the appropriate ATC frequency so long as the pilot is within 50 NM of entering the lateral boundary of Controlled Airspace. Per Pilot Policy 3.2.3, the pilot can choose to ignore early contact attempts by ATC, thus the pilot can also choose to ignore early CPDLC control instructions as well. However, if the pilot does establish communication with ATC or WILCOs a CPDLC message, then the pilot is responsible for maintaining two-way communication and complying with all additional instructions.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • ATC; through compliance timer (Not currently implemented)
  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; depends on previous offences and circumstances
 
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