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Using the Air Traffic Control Archives - X-Plane

Articles in this section of the Knowledge Base deal with the use of the air traffic control (ATC) system in X-Plane.

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Nearby Air Traffic Controllers Feature

The “Nearby Air Traffic Controllers” window is a feature included with X-Plane 10.40 that allows you to quickly tune to the proper ATC frequency. The window can be toggled on and off from under the Special menu and can be repositioned anywhere on the screen.

You can auto-tune your COM1 radio to the frequency of the controller you’d like to contact by clicking on its row in the list. In addition, if you’re ever not sure which controller you should be talking to, X-Plane will do its best to suggest the right one—you’ll see a little asterisk (*) next to the recommended controller.

Nearby ATC window

For information on filing a flight plan and interacting with ATC to leave an airport, see the Knowledge Base article Using X-Plane 10’s Air Traffic Control.

Using X-Plane 10’s Air Traffic Control

X-Plane 10’s air traffic control (ATC) system is powerful and realistic when you want to practice real-world protocols, but completely unobtrusive when you want to just fly. Although AI aircraft (i.e., those that you have turned on using the Aircraft & Situations dialog box) will always follow the guidance of the air traffic control, they will also work around your aircraft if you are not interacting with the ATC. Continue reading »

ATC Terminates Service

ATC will automatically terminate its provided services to you if you do something radically “out of bounds”. An example of such things might be:

  • Flying while you should be taxiing
  • Taxiing while you should be flying

When this happens, ATC has no ability to cope with this as it no longer follows real world flow and therefore ATC will terminate the services it provides you and will give you a dialog warning. When this happens, you can continue your flight on your own. You’re free to contact ATC again at your leisure if you wish.