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alhefner

Curious about ATC inmountain approaches.

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When flying ILS, I've found that the ATC wil often assign an altitude while vectoring to a runway that just won't work. For instance, coming in to land at KTVL (Tahoe) on runway 36. The approach is over the sierra mountains and the ATC will direct a flight level of 9,500 when the mountains still in front of me are higher than that.

 

If using native ATC for FSX or Prepar3d, it's no big deal...they just sort of let it go and you can fly as needed. Pretty much the same goes for ProAct X but, when it comes to Radar Contact, the controllers get pretty hot under the collar if you don't fly on down to the altitude they directed.

 

What do you guys do when the sim directs you to fly at a level that will bury the aircraft in the side of a mountain?

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Don't do it?  "Unable"

 

Real-world ATC outside the US is like that too.

 

The controller has no problems and will clear you to an altitude that will have you smack into the side of a mountain in Mexico or South America, if you don't know what you're doing.   The controller assumes that you the pilot knows what you are doing.

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Mountain flying with FSX ATC is, at best, virtually dangerous.  You could 1) cancel IFR 2) ignore the instruction. 

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Or  3) use Voxatc where the controller will actually not vector you through mountains in the latest release.

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