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Any way to change unrealistic ATC control center names in FS2002/2004?

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For example, Naha Center in Okinawa Japan is actually Naha Control in real life. Also, I believe in Japan they use the term Radar like in Narita Radar. In FS2002/2004 they call it Naha AFB Center which is unrealistic.Also, what's unrealistic is say, when taking off/landing at London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL), they hand you off to some random approach control two or three times before you actually get to contact London Center or Heathrow Approach.Isn't this a bit weird? Any way to change this, and why does FS ATC make you contact these nonexistent or wrongly named centers?

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Depends on where you are flying. Airspace is very complex and owned by different people depending on where you are and how high you are.My understanding is that MS uses a world wide database-and from what I have seen it is fairly accurate with some limitations.For instance-where I live-in reality I can take off from kfnt and fly across the state of Michigan and as long as 10,000 ft. or so low will not talk to a center but will instead talk to terminal approach controls on the way (Lansing Approach, Grand Rapids Approach, Muskegon approach). If I head directly north to Saginaw I will also be handled by Saginaw approach (trsa)-go a little further north though and I will now be in Minneapolis centers space-even low down (although there radar has a hard time picking up if 3000ft. or under) ! Go up high in other areas and it will be Cleveland Center-just depends on who owns what and where. If I fly east of my airport-about 20 or so miles from the Canada border Selfridge AFB controls-until about 10 miles into Canada-then London approach takes over-then Toronto Center.As for the names-it is a tedious process to speak and record the names of every facility in the world. Therefore again, I would expect a few errors ,some awkward pronunciation, and a compromise-for instance instead of recording a seperate Flint Approach, and Flint Departure-they pick departure only (halves the recording time).Like everything that relies on a database-I am sure there are some errors somewhere. The part I find awkward-is that when practicing instrument approaches you may be handed off to another airpspace while on the approach when approaching a boundry ,rather than staying with the local controller-this happens when fs detects you have crossed that boundry.I can't speak directly to your particulars as I am not familiar with those parts of the worlds-perhaps you can find a chart of who owns what there and compare.http://mywebpages.comcast.net/geofa/pages/Geofdog2.jpg

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