Center Control - Automatically Control Aircraft

If it’s for realism and the procedures sound logical enough, I’m up for it.

What a great and interesting idea!

To keep it simple I think just filing one altitude would be better, for now. If step climbs could be added then, awesome!

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I don’t recall what the center was like before tbh. So long as nobody gets ghosted or violations for climbing I’m all good in the hood.

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I think this is a cool idea, but I think having a way to file attitudes and routes will be needed. For the AFk part, maybe it could be where there would be a button to go AFK that would be pressed by the pilot or would activate after 10 minutes with no manual flying.

That would be this request. 🙂

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Came here because I didn’t know this request was made. Vote casted.


I can still see problems with this. The “unable” response, while misused a lot, is there for a reason. Pilots exist in aircraft to make sure things go in a safe manner, and this includes ATC. If a plane physically cannot execute a command (or if the pilot may have denied it just in case), whether it be due to fuel, weight, weather, or another factor, there is nothing to stop the plane from doing so. If this were implemented, I would hope that controllers were advised/required to keep commands to an absolute minimum, especially with AFK aircraft, as there is very rarely conflict and a change in a flight route could theoretically mess the whole flight up. Plus, it’d be a very boring job. Being totally honest, it seems like there would be almost nothing for the controller to do the way I see it


If they want to say unable they should be present during their entire flight. Now read that sentence back and see how ridiculous that is.

Among many things, controllers would use radar to monitor the progress of flights and instruct aircraft to perform course adjustments as needed to maintain separation from other aircraft. Pilots may request altitude adjustments or course changes for reasons including avoidance of turbulence or adverse weather conditions, and controllers could provide advisories to other aircraft.

The argument that center would be controlled by trolls or uninformed individuals is ludicrous, this frequency could only be operated by highly trained IFATC Officers (or maybe even a new higher rank would be created for this new frequency).

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Okay fine your points are valid

Nice. Thread. But It would be only usefull if something else added to this thread.

  1. If pilot and can set their max. And min. Airspeed so that controllers command doesn’t stall the aircraft or hit the speed violation.

  2. Pilot also to set max altitude for the aircraft that their aircraft can climb to at that weight

  3. to get the speed change altitude from default FL280 to be set by pilot. Because sometimes while descending bellow fl280 you can be at different speed than what you want.

If controller asks anything beyond whats being set by pilot for the attributes that can be changed by controller and to what extent, the system should reply with unable by itself.

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I like the thought, but no. I could see your point if this were to be implemented on the training server, but since the request is only for the expert server that won’t be necessary. The pilots aren’t trained, but the controllers are. The level of experience and knowledge required to control a Center frequency would need to be higher then an Officer’s level of knowledge, and would probably only be reserved for ATC Supervisors.

I could see pilots setting unreasonable maximum and minimums. I would be in favor of system defaults though set for each aircraft (i.e. Service Ceiling, Maximum Cruising Speed, ect.)


You have my vote!

@Trio. MaxSez: A “Buck Rodgers” 22d century idea. This is taking automation to far. Just provide a service ATC I don’t want your stinking hands overriding my PIC responsible and decision making mandate.
Just sayin… (late in on this one, so there!)
Just sayin, WLYB… Max

(All Power “Corrupts”! But ATC absolute power is pretty neat if your an IFATC”!)

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Thanks @Luke_King-kong. @Maxmustang, any suggestions to improve the idea? I understand where you’re coming from though.

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I would not want to have a handover while I am hearths device (and I often am, even with NAV mode on. Therefore there should be the need to activate the AFK or an automatic handover after a ongoing failure to respond (e.g. 2 tried with 20 seconds respond time each).

Otherwise a very good idea in my opinion to facilitate a possible future center control feature.

Of the 3 options, this is my favorite.

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I would vote for this, but I used up all of my votes

I didn’t really understand how this would work. For example when I am sitting near my iPad, reading a book, but keep checking the device (without touching it), would this be AFK time?

Yeah, we’d watch out for you while you’re reading making sure you don’t overspeed, hit anyone, spacing, ect.

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