This was why Clrd2go
was saying not
to contact ATC once you get your handoff. ATC can't kick you off your IFR flight plan if they're not in 2-way communication with you. Once you hear "American 408 (my own personal callsign), contact Montevideo Center on 126.3," agree to do it (i.e. accept the handoff), then after that don't bother contacting Montevideo center, or whatever ARTCC until you are at or near your top-of-descent. As you make your way to your destination, FS9 will automatically sequence to the next station in the ATC dialog box as you cross over airspace boundaries. This way, you get back on frequency when you are ready to land, ATC will accept you at your current position and nothing less. If you are on any other routing other than GPS-Direct, ATC will initially want to vector you back to the first waypoint that you "missed," or as they see it, the first waypoint you hit after you went on your radio silence protest. Ignore all the instructions until they give you a heading followed by a "proceed on course" or "resume own nav." Allow them a few seconds to get caught up with you. The good thing is they haven't figured out how to provide ATC with an attitude problem, as in:
American 408: "Miami Center, American 408 with you, FL
Miami Center: "American 408, Miami Center, you managed to avoid Washington Center, Atlanta Center, and Jacksonville Center. You trying to play us now? How 'bout this, we get the last laugh - IFR flight plan is cancelled, radar service terminated, find your own way to MIA
, and when you do, my supervisor would like a word with you."
2006 will have more diverse "personalities" for ATC. In the meantime, when the opportunity presents itself, stay off the mic until you need something from them.
Keep it greasy
[Edited 2004-10-30 05:31:45]
[Edited 2004-10-30 05:36:58]
Some cats think i'm 6 feet, I'm so deep; I can get d-d-down like a pessimist - Common