This is not a feature request. This thread is intended to be used for discussion
I had an idea a few weeks ago. When in ATC mode, you see the tabs on the left side of the screen that you use to change between frequencies. What would you guys think about adding another tab that would be used for communications between controllers? For now I’ll call this the “Comms Hub” Infinite Flight already recognizes what region you’re in, what airport you are controlling at, and what position you’re controlling.
My idea is this: Upon spawning into an airport as a controller, the Hub will put you in 2 “chat rooms”. One chat is for the airport: approach, departure, tower, ground can communicate with each other. “SW8575 is on the ILS, runway 26R, over to you”. “FDS 9er crossing runway 04”. Etc.
The other chat is for the region. You would be able to talk to any controllers in the region. Especially useful for Center and approach and departure controllers. Of course the developers could modify these “rooms”. For example, the messages within a room would get erased after 5 minutes of silence.
Now comes the safety part. One of the many reasons why the devs decided to use a command-based system (where you have to select your commands instead of speaking or writing them) is because of safety. People under the age of 13 wouldn’t be allowed to write and speak, the same system should be used!
Instead of actually writing messages, it could be designed like the current command system. Click on the “Comms Hub” tab, select which controller you want to send a message to (it would show their display name, airport, and position they’re controlling), then you scroll through a list of commands (which would be designed by @Tyler_Shelton and maybe a team of representatives that will suggest commands based on popular vote) that you could send to them.
You could also select “all controllers”. For example: I’m controlling ground. I go the the Comms Hub, select “Tower”, then it will take me to a list of people on my frequency. I select any pilot in the list (pilots would be displayed as “Display name, callsign”) and it will take me to another list of actions they will perform, such as “crossing runway xx”, “holding short xx”, etc. Again, these commands would be customizable and specific to certain frequencies.
In the end this would prevent crashes from lack of communication. Currently, advanced controllers communicate with each other in different ways when controlling at the same airport. However, most playground controllers don’t do this, and an in-game chat might be a good way to solve this for both the advanced and playground server. (No more takeoff crashes because somebody crossed the runway)
What do you guys think about this? Sorry about the detail, my mind is crazy at 3 am after jet lag flying around the world…
Again, this isn’t intended to be a feature request. I’d like to hear input about whether this is a logical idea or not!