having read the subject line, I guess half of you have already fallen off your chairs laughing yourselves silly by now, so I'll turn to the rest of you (still fighting to look serious :) ).
Flying IFR in Flight Simulator 2002, you're guided by the controllers all the way from start to landing. ATC is fairly strict and does not allow any longer detours ("Flight plan is cancelled..."). Now, as I understand it in real life, it doesn't work exactly like this. Real world pilots use airport charts ("SID/STARS") when departing or approaching an airport.
If you are to fly by SID/STARS, how do you deal with ATC? Does flying by charts mean that you either have to ignore ATC instructions (and risk the entire flight plan), or does it mean that you simply can't fly IFR (and have to stick with VFR)?
Finally, my guess is that the reason for approach/departure charts being there in the first place is to take some workload off the controllers - am I right? In real life, does ATC behave like it does in FS2002, taking you thru the entire approach?
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