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I'm looking for advanced ATC programs; the default FSX ATC is perfectly fine (sort of) when flying default planes, but when flying planes of PMDG-standard, there's this incredible, and very annoying difference in realism.I should add that VoxATC is not possible for me; I haven't got a headset/microphone and am not planning on buying one(sorry for being so stubborn:-p)Thanks in advance,

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Hi! sorry that i will get on your nerves :) but.. you aretalking about "advanced ATC", "realism", "no microphone"...Sorry these do not go together in my mind. I would syuggest you buy a mic and join ivao or vatsim and keep your philosophy CHFD - "Connect, Have Fun, Disconnect" sorry for not giving obviously the answer you wanted :)

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Thanks for the replies guys, appreciate it.And Earthdog/Elias, no worries, you're giving an answer and are being constructive; no problem with that!

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I used radar contact for a long time. It's a very good program. Then I discovered VATSIM, and haven't used RC since. Paul

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Hi Marijn, Radar contact and PFE are the two most frequently used programs. As usual in these cases, both programs have their pro's and con's. None is perfect but each one is an improvement over FS ATC. Some simmers prefer flying on-line (VATSIM etc.).A quick research on this forum - among others - will provide a lot of info on the topic. Hope this helps,Bruno

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Yeah if you want realistic, you need to go with VATSIM. It's just not possible for a computer program to give, "realistic," ATC but RC does come close. Personally, I was a VATSIM instructor for about 5 or so years and can attest to the fact that we are as realistic as can be (we use real world SOPs). However, when I am flying, I cant devote my time to sitting there, and always communicating with ATC. I have a family, and a 5 year old who doesnt (yet, LOL) understand this, so I am constantly pausing the sim, which doesn't fly on VATSIM. If you cant do VATSIM, which is understandable, RC is your best bet.

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thanks everyone, I got some really good suggestions! I'll look into RC: IVAO/VATSIM seems really cool, but I fly a lot of long haul, and I like simming/flying, but I've got better things to do than sit behind the PC for 12h; I want to be able to go and do something else.

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Hi fellas, jus ta quick question about Vatsim. I have been considering it for some time now. Am I right in thinking that you have to fly in predetermined areas rather than a particular choice of scenery of your own. Sorry if this is an obvious question, but as I enjoy flying in Orbx territory in PNW how does this work? Thanks...

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i found Radar contact pretty easy to use and once you do a few flights its not hard to master. It gives you all your options in a little box inside FSX just like the default (only smaller so it can be left open). It will allow you to fly SID/STARs. One drawback I found since getting the NGX is the ATC will try and get you down to around 11000ft or so only 40 miles from your airport before you can even ask for a IAP (STARs). you will be decending at a then atc will almost always ask you to drop from what ever altitude you are down to some silly low alt within 30 miles.. The NGX just cannot decend that fast even with the speedbrake full open, so you get vectors off you route while you decend, then they give you the IAP option. Its messy to say the least. It would be nice to have the IAP option right from the start or atleast 100 miles from the airport as some STARs and very long. Maybe in RC5 but who knows if thats ever coming. PFE is just to comlex for me im afraid. It requires too many steps to get a usable flightplan and then has no menu option so you have to remember what buttons to press for each option. You can print out the commands but the system is pretty clunky. Like others have said Vatsim is the best solution but its not easy to find controllers and you can spend an hour planning a flight knowing there is ATC and then they log off before you can even get in the air.

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Hi fellas, jus ta quick question about Vatsim. I have been considering it for some time now. Am I right in thinking that you have to fly in predetermined areas rather than a particular choice of scenery of your own. Sorry if this is an obvious question, but as I enjoy flying in Orbx territory in PNW how does this work? Thanks...
You can choose to fly wherever you want and whenever you want. the only problem is if you will have someone online as ATC through your route. BUT there are so many VAs and events daily so you can do whatever you want. Personally even if there is no controller i fly ALWAYS online. It reminds me that all traffic out there REAL persons (pilots AND ATC). So even if there is no ATC, i keep my eyes on unicom where i must read others position reports near me and report mine as well. Obviously i try to fly in areas where i have coverage, but its a game of give and take. ATCos should be online and book their positions for pilots to know when/where to fly best. I have gone also into ATC training and being on the other side is as equal as fun as being a pilot.

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You can choose to fly wherever you want and whenever you want. the only problem is if you will have someone online as ATC through your route. BUT there are so many VAs and events daily so you can do whatever you want. Personally even if there is no controller i fly ALWAYS online. It reminds me that all traffic out there REAL persons (pilots AND ATC). So even if there is no ATC, i keep my eyes on unicom where i must read others position reports near me and report mine as well. Obviously i try to fly in areas where i have coverage, but its a game of give and take. ATCos should be online and book their positions for pilots to know when/where to fly best. I have gone also into ATC training and being on the other side is as equal as fun as being a pilot.
Thanks a bunch for the reply. It certainly sounds the way to go. One thing I have been concerned with and that is, if there is a hit on framerates...

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no hit no, atleast no more than the usual AI traffic =). AI is turned off when you connect to vatsim. Unless you have Ultimate Traffic 2 then you have to disable it in game (1 button)

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No hit in framerates...thething to do is that if you choose to use FSINN as pilot client then you have to disable FSINN using your payware addons as multiuser planes. Burt that is another story when you join...:))))) SB (Squawkbox) which is the other client doesnt use your aircrafts for multiplayer, it uses VIP models (internal)....

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Really sounds good. I will finish getting my head around the PMDG and then take a look. Thanks a bunch fellas...

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Thanks a bunch for the reply. It certainly sounds the way to go. One thing I have been concerned with and that is, if there is a hit on framerates...
I actually do see a hit on FPS with FSINN. No issues with squawkbox and I have heard of others that have the exact opposite problem. Whichever client you try, if you have problems, try the other to see if it's any better. FSINN has a lot of different features which some like, squawkbox is bare bones, which is why I like it more.

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I use Vox ATC a few times on some flights again it is not perfect and it does use an up to date nav data from navigraph which itunderstands and uses Sids & stars and you can talk to the controllers using your mic not perfect but I use it now and again

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I tried PFE, I found it to be very unreliable, very hard to use.JerryFPANC

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