Man, I thought I was doing good on Vatsim, but today was a nightmare and the controller was getting very impatient with me. At one point, he said, "for the 4th time..." and I kind of thought that was rude because he could have PM'd me. On the other hand shame on me for him having to tell me something four times!
One thing I remember is getting ready to take off from KLAX 25L. I said, "N10316 is Skymaster, request to taxi to 25L for straight out departure ifr as filed to KPOC. I don't remember at which point he said this, but he said, "it's not a straight out departure". What I had done was, once cleared the runway, I hit my GPS which turned me just about 180° back towards KPOC. This is when all hell broke loose. He was throwing stuff at me that I didn't understand. I thought my "route" was filed and that was it. At one point, I told him I was navigating via GPS until I establish on the localizer. Then he said, "you can't just fly GPS and then switch to Nav". I didn't understand why...
I got so frustrated, I just signed off to cool down a bit. Later I logged back on, I saw that Lax_Ctr was no longer showing as active, only Lax_grd. So I PM'd Lax_grd (ground?) and started relating what happened. Turns out, this person (I won't mention his name because I'm not blaming him for my stupidity)... was the same person that I was talking to previously. He explained (via pm) that he got frustrated with me and he felt his job was to weed out people who are clueless (not his verbiage... I'm paraphrasing). He also mentioned that a supervisor could be notified and people can get banned from Vatsim. I thought it was unreasonable to ban someone for not knowing everything...
I think he said I had the wrong flight route filed. I use, "http://laartcc.org/tecroutes.php" to find my routes. Sometimes there are more than one route though... sometimes they're different, sometimes they're the same. Example: Kpoc to Klax... here are two routes
1. PDZ PDZ270R LAX RWY 24R LOC
2.PDZ PDZ270R V394 AHEIM V8 TANDY
They're both kpoc to klax, but they're different. I have no clue what those routes mean, hence, I don't know which one is appropriate for my route.
After he and I spoke via PM, he kind of calmed down and ultimately gave me his e-mail address if I had any questions. I didn't save it because I don't want to further frustrate him with my lack of knowledge. I had told him that I was so frustrated that I probably would not use Vatsim anymore. He said no don't do that.
Anyway, I have some questions I guess that need to be answered. One is, when I file an IFR flight, should I not use the GPS for part of the flight because this is what I've been doing. I know there are VOR's that I can navigate with, but at this point I don't know how to do that.
Any comments (good or bad) would be greatly appreciated.