ATC Simulator 2 HD3 reviews
ATCsimulator®2 is the premier Air Traffic Control simulation on the market for the PC. Read more...
- Stand Alone (Windows 98/98SE/2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8)
- File size
- 224 MB
- Thrill-Rider Publications
This is as close to the REAL THING! as you can get. Don't be fooled by cheap imitations or cheesy mockups! This is a SERIOUS SIMULATION (er..game)! But, it can also be FUN! ATCsimulator®2 provides you with the most comprehensive set of programs to help boost your air traffic career, or satisfy your thirst for experiencing the REAL THING! ATCsimulator®2 has it all!
ATCsimulator®2 allows you to take on the role as Approach or Departure controller at your choice of over 120 Terminal Radar Approach Control facilities of the United States National Airspace System (NAS), or TRACONs as they are more commonly called. Your goal is to allow for the "safe and expeditious" flow of air traffic. It is your job to assist the pilots arriving at airports inside your airspace boundaries by lining them up for an approach (preparing for a landing).
ATCsimulator®2 was modeled after the ARTS-IIIa radar equipment used at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center(MMAC) in Oklahoma City, Radar Training Facility. All of the dials and switches are simulated with photorealistic quality, and perform all of the functions of their real-life counterpart.
ATCsimulator®2 provides many methods to allow the "safe and expeditious" flow of air traffic. There are rules governing separation laterally and vertically. You can issue climb and descents, turns, speed changes, holding instructions, visual and instrument approach clearances. You have every command you need to accomplish your task, but HOW you use those commands is entirely up to you. It's not what you know, it's how well you USE what you know.
Live Traffic with Flight Explorer®
One of the most unique features with ATCsimulator®2 is the ability to control LIVE TRAFFIC!! That's right, using Flight Explorer® in conjunction with ATCsimulator®2, you will truly experience what its like to work at some of the busiest approach control facilities in the world. This feature alone sets ATCsimulator®2 apart from any other air traffic simulation. By running Flight Explorer® in the background, and then starting ATCsimulator®2, you can choose to have the LIVE TRAFFIC!! fed straight to the simulator, providing you with the most realistic, heart-pounding experience!
Multiplayer with Microsoft Flight Simulator (FS98 thru 2004)
One of the most popular and successful software titles in the world is Microsoft Flight Simulator. Second only to flight simulation, is air traffic control. With ATCsimulator®2, you can host a session and invite your Flight Simulator pilot friends to join you. You control the action!, you control the fun!. No waiting in line to be the "active" controller, nor is there any battery of "tests" you have to complete before you can enjoy controlling traffic. Its true realtime air traffic control on your own terms!
One of your primary goals is to achieve a higher pay based on your job performance. In the real world, controllers are expected to do a good job. Failing to do that can sometimes result in deadly consequences.
ATCsimulator®2 will now allow you to generate traffic on the fly by letting you set the level of arrivals and/or departures that you wish to challenge yourself. Or, you can still select from over 100,000 stored flights that were captured from real world FAA air traffic computer networks.
Another feature of ATCsimulator®2 is the ability to print flight strips while running a scenario. Whether it be a randomly generated scenario, or one of the stored scenarios captured from live FAA flight data, strip printing requires a simple checkbox selction. These strips are printed on your Windows compatible printer and print 10 to a page. The strips will only correspond with the active traffic in the scenario.
To add variety to the simulator, or to more closely emulate real world facilities, you can filter the airports at your TRACON to your liking. This will allow you to simulate exact controller positions as compared to the real world. Plus, this reduces the traffic load at each TRACON, making for much more manageable levels when going at it alone at Level 5 facilities. In addition to opening and closing airports, you can also open and close runways, and assign them for arrival, departure or both.
During game play, you can choose either a synthetic pilot voice, or Real prerecorded concatenated Text-To-Speech voices. Using Microsoft's TTS technology, you can use the voices that come with the program, and you can also add your own voice using the tools of the Speech SDK mentioned in the next section. There is room for up to 100 voices that can be used with the program. Invite friends and family to join in on the fun and add their voice to the game!
Recording and Playback
ATCsimulator2 now comes with a recording feature, and a player. This makes ATCsimulator2 perfect for research and academic applications. A scenario can be recorded and then played back for analysis. The scenario player will allow playback in accelerated mode, as well as in reverse.
Two modes of operation
In addition to the standard ARTS simulation, you can also elect to control traffic using the latest direction in air traffic control, STARS mode, which is an acronym for Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System. This system is being used across the country to replace existing ARTS equipment as it fails. It is a computer driven system resembling that of a PC and utilizes the full screen display. ATCsimulator2 will provide this display system as an alternative to the standard ARTS-IIIa console.
To assist the controller, using our utility program, Mapmate(tm), you can print a custom map of any area included with the game. You can pick which elements you wish to be included in the printout, and print it to your Windows system printer.
ATC-SDK (Pro version only)
Although the sim comes equipped with 120 terminal areas, maybe there is a special area that you would like to control? Now, our in-house design tool is included with the ATCsimulator®2 package and will allow you to create the area of your dreams. It will also allow you to edit/update any of the existing areas as the need arises. Note: Advanced skills using other graphic application software is expected, and advanced knowledge of navigation elements is also required.
Speech Recognition Technology
ATCsimulator® was designed to allow the user to experience the ultimate in air traffic control simulation...using your voice to control traffic. We have written grammar files that are compatible with Microsoft's Speech API 4.0a and have provided them with the simulation as a courtesy. But, speech recognition is a technology that is still in its infancy, and some effort by the user is required to achieve maximum performance with this technology. Microsoft provides a Speech SDK that can be downloaded free of charge. This SDK provides a variety of tools for customizing the speech recognition engine for speech-enabled applications. You can download the Microsoft SAPI SDK 4 Suite here.
ATCsimulator®2 was modeled after the ARTS-IIIa radar equipment used at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center(MMAC) in Oklahoma City, Radar Training Facility.
All of the dials and switches are simulated with photorealistic quality, and perform all of the functions of their real-life counterpart. Whenever possible, the keyboard functions of the ARTS-IIIa terminal are accessed in the same manner as in real life. There are no fancy shortcuts or Windows GUI interfaces (that do not exist on real ARTS-IIIa equipment) as is found on other so-called simulations...you use the keyboard using the same keystrokes as Real controllers. We strive to keep the simulation as true-to-life as possible, allowing for you to experience what real controllers experience on a daily basis.
Windows 98/98SE/2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8
"Make no mistake about it. This is no game. There are no "Arcade" levels, no-one shooting, no sneaking about snipping booby trap wires. This is a simulation of Air Traffic Control, pure and simple. It will leave you frustrated, sweaty, and lamenting having to get up in the morning to go to work 'cause you're almost up to 20 arrivals and 20 departures at KMIA. Granted, that sector is nice and flat, with no obstructions. Wait till you try another easy one like KALB with those nasty hills. Those hills on my machine are still littered with the results of my less-than-perfect controlling skills." - FlightSim
"If you have any desires to become an air traffic controller (or wish to understand that half-crazed guy in a certain movie regarding air traffic controllers), then I would definitely recommend ATC2. It is without a doubt the best rendition of this particular facet of aviation, and I enjoyed every single minute of the experience.
The combination of the big and little things that count in this job role, are unmatched in the PC-sim market, and its wide scope of challenge should make it appealing to the amateur crowd, the hardcore vets, and everyone in between." - Avsim
"Simply put, ATC Simulator 2 is the most realistic air traffic control simulation on the market. A lot of the other competing titles are just cartoonish representations of aircraft and airports, but ATC Simulator 2 sticks to the realism angle. You get a feel for what real ATC operators have to deal with on a daily basis and why they get paid the big bucks (anyone who controls at the largest airports is certifiably nuts)." - Out Of Eight
"I am no expert on real world ATC but this product comes real close to modeling the activities of a real TRACON. I have run this program on both Vista and XP and my only regret is that I was never able to get the voice commands to work. However even with just a key board you are in for hours of fun. The program does require a slightly complex install but once it is running, everything is pretty straightforward. The program provides adequate instruction on using the program." - FlightSim
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Rated 5.0/5.0 based on 3 customer reviews
ATC2-HD simulation is a very exciting simulation and is a fantastic model of real world traffic. Being a pilot, I really never understood the responsibility and relied on the instructions from center. Now that I have given quite some time to ATC Simulator 1, 1.5, I found this a good update of the overall simulator. It's a bit of a run to get unlock codes, but I understand with the pirating of software these days. Anyway, I would recommend this as a great place to begin one's understanding of what goes on in the various sectors of flight.
I've had this program for many years. It's a great program & very realistic to the real thing. Have tried to purchase another copy for a new computer but don"t believe my transaction went thru for some rason. Tried to download the program but no success so far. Attempted emailing ATC Simulation 2 numerous times but no response. The program is great as I said but trouble communicating with originators of program.
hey guys, I changed my email provider so there was a breakdown in communication for some time. The new business email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for everyone's support and understanding.
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