Using ATC for IFR in MSFS (2020) Tutorial Video

Using ATC for IFR in MSFS (2020) Tutorial Video

Air Traffic Control (ATC) is a service operated by appropriate authorities to promote the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic. It also provides weather reports and pilot advisories. Read more...

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Simulation pilots will make their flights more realistic by communicating with ATC and following its instructions and clearances.

Communicate With All ATC Facilities for Instrument Flights

  • Towers
  • Ground Control
  • Departure Control
  • Air Route Traffic Control Centers
  • Approach Control
  • Common Traffic Advisories
  • Automated weather reports

Use All ATC Functions for Instrument Flights

  • Requests
  • Clearances
  • Instructions
  • Reports
  • Readbacks

Communicate IFR in All Relevant Airspaces

  • Controlled airports
  • Uncontrolled airports
  • On the ground
  • En route

Adhere to Basic ATC Procedures

  • Contacting ATC
  • Requesting and receiving IFR clearance to fly
  • Asking for and getting IFR clearance for taxiing to the active runway
  • Requesting and receiving clearance to take off IFR
  • Holding short and taxiing into position
  • Handing off to other ATC jurisdictions
  • Requesting and receiving altitude changes
  • Receiving en route atmospheric pressures
  • Receiving destination weather reports
  • Cancelling IFR

Operate ATC Menus Effectively

  • Open and close the window.
  • Reposition the window.
  • Listen to and read ATC messages.
  • Select from menu options.
  • Use mouse and keyboard.

Know the Basics

  • Official ATC definitions
  • IFR airspaces
  • Differences between real and simulated ATC
  • Simulated ATC services
  • IFR weather conditions
  • Sources of ATC frequencies

Enjoy the Satisfaction of Simulating Air Traffic Control Realistically

  • Communicate with ATC like real VFR pilots.
  • Know when to contact ATC.
  • Tune correct radio frequencies.
  • Recognize call signs.
  • Respond to ATC’s communications.
  • Use transponders.
  • And many more skills.

Learn From Professional Instructional Videos

  • Scripted, articulated, and edited narration
  • Separate screens for each step
  • Animated highlights for key concepts
  • Succinct explanations for everything
  • Crystal clear audio quality
  • Approach charts included
  • Total video duration 31 minutes

Two Videos in One Package

  • One entire video for only ground IFR procedures (15:18 min)
  • Separate video just for aerial IFR procedures (16:08 min)

Focus and Limits

  • Explains Air Traffic Control for instrument flight in Microsoft Flight Simulator® 2020.
  • Principles and methods can be applied to other simulators.
  • Discusses radio frequencies for ATC communication.
  • Advises IFR weather selections.
  • Does not explain customizing ATC.

Applies to All Aircraft That Normally Fly IFR

  • Airbus A320
  • Cessna 172, 208B, CJ4
  • Beech Baron, Bonanza, and King Air
  • Boeing 747
  • Daher TBM 930
  • Diamond DA40 and DA62
  • Any other aircraft with suitable instruments


Knowledge of instrument operations is beneficial. My Instrument Flying for Flight Simulation Pilots book and my Flight Rules video explain in detail.

Compatible With Popular Software and Operating Systems

  • Uses common video software that plays MP4s such as:
    • Windows Media Player
    • Quick Time
    • RealPlayer
    • WinAmp
  • Instructions for use are included
  • Total duration 31 minutes

Bonus Items

Four bonus items are included free for quick and easy reference:

  • Transcripts of entire videos
  • Keyboard shortcut list for MSFS 2020
  • V-Speed card

Quality Assured

Every effort has been expended to make sure your video is the quality you deserve.

  • Meticulously planned
  • Thoroughly researched
  • Independently verified for accuracy
  • Separately reviewed for quality

Satisfaction Guaranteed

As a professional management consultant, I trained people in workplaces for more than 30 years. I began publishing books about home flight simulation in 1997 and videos in 2010. As a professional and experienced trainer, I invest a lot of effort and time toward making quality products that are useful to people.

  • Any video with manufacturing defects will be replaced at no cost.
  • If you can show that the content of this video is not as described herein, your money will be refunded.
  • If you find any facts that you believe are in error, please let me know so I can check it out.
  • Your constructive feedback is welcomed.

About TopSkills

TopSkills publishes tutorial videos and self-instructional books to help home flight-simulation enthusiasts maximize enjoyment of their hobby by applying real-world aviation principles and techniques.

The business was formed in 1987 by Bill Stack as a management-consulting practice. Between 1987 and 2012, Bill consulted to government and private-sector auditing organizations including inspectors general and internal auditors.  

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