Best Device for ATC

Good Morning All,

I have been quite enjoying learning the ATC aspect of IF. I find it challenging to say the least. In time I think I would like to move to expert ATC but there is a ways to go.

I’m currently on iPhone X with decent connectivity. I experience 2 problems during extended ATC ops.

  1. eventually the planes (users) stop ‘hearing’ me. For instance I’ll give a clearance and yet the plane does respond and keeps requesting. There is nothing that I can do except END session and restart. Sometime even restart the phone.

  2. The screen is quite small so it gets cluttered when busy.

So my question is, what is a good device to use for ATC and is there a required bandwidth / load that causes the ATC non-connection issue.



I’d use an iPad 2017


lower end iPhones seem to lag a lot on ATC

I back @Mika here, I use a 2018 iPad and it runs like a charm. Only issue I have had is during extended ATC ops the aircraft begin to lose texture quality but clearing the scenery cache fixes it in 5 seconds.


I would suggest the iPad 2018 9.7"(iOS 11.4.1). Its great for both tower/ground and approach. Highly recommend buying it!!


The Ipad air 2 donsn’t do badly though so I would recommned it.


Thanks Guys … looks like an upgrade may be needed.


I know that you are looking a specific device for ATC, but you can have a look at the following post:

Read carefully what each owner said and you will be fine. If you still don’t know which device to buy or which is best suitable for you, drop @Starley a DM. I am sure he will be happy to assist you!!

Any iPad will be good but particularly for controlling the 12.9 Inch IPad Pro is amazing!


I use an iPhoneX myself and it works just fine. I mean there are a few issues here and there but nothing too serious like commands not going through.

I use an iPad Pro 10.5" but it lags sometimes, so I don’t really know.

iPad mini is great! It’s compact but still almost never lags and has a great processing power! It’s great to take to Starbucks and do a bit of controlling while having an ice blended vannila!

That the I pad I use for infinite flight but I still yt? Atc communication isues

I have no issues, runs IF perfect, all settings high. Is your iPad 6th gen? 2018??

Yes it is. I got it recently

I don’t have any issues with ATC. Neither when I control or when I am on ground. You might want to reinstall the app or check for any device update, if this problem continues.

Ya know what I would use? A device. It makes absolutely no difference in my opinion… only my opinion

I’m thinking about getting an iPencil, largely for controlling. I reckon it will make my iPad Pro even better.

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I use an iPad Pro, never had any troubles with it at all!

I’ve tried it with the iPencil, but generally prefer using just my fingers as it makes zooming much more intuitive.

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I use Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, and it doesn’t have problems running even on heavy traffic on Medium settings