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Entering route to FMC and following ATC

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Hi all.

I am new here :)

My question is that when i enter route to FMC, and ask for flight follow from the default virtual ATC of Fsx, it conflicts. I digress from the route provided by FMC when i obey the instructions coming from ATC. How should i request altitude change, landing intentions etc? I mean how can i communicate with ATC? Thank you very much, and sorry for my English.

Have a nice flight.

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I would suggest you connect to an online network like VATSIM. FSX ATC is not good.

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Not everyone wants to fly online. I use FSX ATC but flight following isn't any use. You need to create your flight plan externally from FSX, save it as an FSX flight plan and if possible as a PMDG route. Then on FSX you can open the FSX flight plan and request IFR clearance which will produce ATC vectors close to your flight plan. You will also have a company route to load in the FMC.


You can use free websites like routefinder to create such flight plans and simroutes or simbrief to save flight plan files in FSX and PMDG formats.

I tend to ignore FSX ATC after departure and then tune it again after commencing my descent. You can do this by acknowledging a frequency handover after departure but not actually doing it. ATC just waits for you to call in and won't dump your IFR flight plan. If you do this before reaching your initial cleared altitude that will remain your cleared altitude for the descent. So you descend when you want and ATC picks that up from there. Then just follow FSX vectors when it assigns an approach and runway. I find this works really well. FSX ATC isn't great so don't feel obliged to follow it exactly. Just use the bits that suit you.


Good luck.


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Thank you very much @rcboffa and @kevinh for your invaluable responses. I will try kevinh suggestion because I am not flying online. 

Have a nice flight!

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