As we all know, there is a large community/organization on Infinite Flight who play primarily for the Air Traffic Control game mechanics. Myself included, there are a lot of us who also think that the subscription service, or Pro is much too expensive for our paper-thin bank accounts. Thus, for the people who choose, I have decided to propose a much cheaper subscription type for Infinite Flight based solely on the ATC element.
Primarily, this will work by taking out things that are not related to ATC. For example, removing pro unlockable aircraft (or some aircraft varying on the decision), removing the ability to spawn aircraft into live servers, and removing other certain parts needed to fly. This does not include ATC Cameras, which would still allow you to see the planes/other players in-game. Then, simply make it more ATC Oriented. For example, only being able to spawn into ATC positions, and expand the capabilities of what the Air Traffic Controllers can do.
Additionally, things such as Vocal Air Traffic Control could be added. While this could pose a problem in terms of trolling, it would be beneficial and a clearer form of communication rather than the drop down like menus we have now. Alternatively, extra forms of ATC could be added, such as TRACON and more extensive centers. New abilities could be put on the table, and in general could be more beneficial for both IF Developers and IF ATC users.
1 Month - $9.99 6 Months - $49.99 1 Year - $79.99
Pricing could also change for the subscription would also be changed. Rather than pricing it at $9.99 per month, $49.99 per 6 months, or $79.99 per year. The ATC Subscription would instead be slashed into $2-5 a month, $15-25 per 6 months, or $30-45 per year. This, not only, would cut down costs for a subscription for people who cannot afford the main one. It would also allow more and more people to play IF for a much cheaper price, even though they would not be flying. This provides beneficial for the staff members too, as it allows IF LLC to run their servers faster, cleaner, and cheaper.*
1 Month - $2-5 6 Months - $15-25 1 Year - $30-45
On top of that, IFATC could get reduced prices with special price codes as they are a necessity due to their status in Expert Server and helping to run it. However, this could also be not included or changed as it would pose a potential problem in terms of servers.
*Note, I do not know how much it takes IF to run their global servers, so this is statement not completely accurate.
This would be something very beneficial to both IF as a company and IF as a player base. By cutting back on the costs of the subscription, and focusing solely on the ATC elements, we can create a much larger player base. This is a completely optional thing too, and would allow for ATC users who cannot afford the mainline subscription to be able to afford the ability to do ATC in the first place. We can also focus on development for ATC as well, such as adding new ATC positions and features for the future.