Today I am here to present to you on a idea the VirtualFlight team have been thinking of for some time. We are doing this to get the community’s feedback to this idea and decide if we are going to go forward with the project. Keep in mind none of this is actually completed or released.
I am here to present to you “Project CATC”
What does it stand for ?
Connected Air Traffic Control
Cool, what is it anyway ?
This is an initiative to create a third-party project to connect solo IF players and Air Traffic Controllers in a quick and streamline way.
How will it work ?
It will comprise of 2 parts.
Part One - The IF user’s part
The user downloads an app created by us. The user then goes onto IF solo and uses the app to connect to a “ATC server”. Once connected the user can go back to IF and start his flight as usual. Once connected the user could have voice conversation with the ATC offered by this third party app. Their flight data (location , speed , ect) will be transferred to our desktop software.
Part Two - ATC side
This software will be on desktop. The ATC controller can hop on their PC , select an ATC server of their choice and they will be connected to it. Once connected they can choose an airport to control. Multiple solo flight will appear on the panel at the same time, giving the impression that the controller is controlling a busy airspace but actually each user is playing on their own. Commands can thereafter be given by ATC to the users.
You can choose what you want to do if you enjoy ATC more, nice ! Download the desktop software and control !
Would you use this ?
More info will be posted along the line. Feedback will greatly I fluence our choice.
I think it would be a tad strange when ATC is telling you to go around and there’s nothing actually in front of you if that makes sense (As an example or to hold when in game there’s nothing) Also weather! Everyone would have to set the same weather as there is not RealWorld weather button in Solo. I’m not sure about this one sorry.
@Dragos How would you handle the way weather would work across all platforms (being players/pilots) as for ATC to work everyone would have to have the same weather inputted. Or else which runways to use would be a bit tricky with people having different wind speeds, directions ect…
I must say I do like the idea as many people on the expert server crave more and more realism and ATC is one of the ways the can get even more realism by actually having proper voice commands that are used IRL by pilots.
(As you can see I’m slowly changing my opinion on this from my first reaction)