I’ve always loved the idea of having a practice mode for ATC, like solo for ATC. Where you could test your controlling abilities on your own time, in environments you may not be able to experience, for fun or for more practical reasons. Kind of like an ATC simulator within an ATC simulator, if you think about it.
Here’s some ideas for such a mode.
- An “aircraft pitching machine” that throws aircraft at you at a select spot on the map (base, downwind, random, XX nms away, etc.) where the aircraft would spawn in the air, so you can practice ILS clearance timing and other approach types as Radar, or pattern entries and sequence as Tower. Like an endless stream from one or more selected places.
- Scoring system where it grades your ILS clearance timing, so you can get live feedback
- Spawn in a select amount of aircraft on the ground or air to practice proficiency on any frequency
- Simulated airspace to practice handling higher workloads on any frequency, ramps up the amount of traffic a few minutes at a time till you can’t handle anymore
- Alerts for when you break terrain or aircraft separation when controlling as Radar
- Ability for another person (ATC Trainer) to spectate the controller’s end live to give them feedback
People that would use this.
- Local trainees getting ready to take their practical, trying to get extra practice in
- Radar trainees trying to nail down ILS clearance timing and vectoring, getting acclimated to controlling Radar
- Training to help out those in timezones with limited availability for pilots and trainers
- Radar controllers scouting out terrain then trying to apply it on Solo to see if they caught every peak
- Controllers who want to get acclimated to a frequency again or get acclimated to higher workload
- Controllers who want to prepare for an event at a particular airport with increased traffic before the event occurs, inputing the procedures that will be used and trying it out before it happens live
- People who are bored and want to challenge themselves offline for fun
- Those who want to get a taste for what controlling is like before getting started, like those without a sub or for those with a sub who are afraid to try
Thoughts? Any more ideas? Maybe this is just a great third-party app idea that I’d happily pay for if someone made, even just the “pitching machine” idea. But it’d be amazing if this was in-app so we could use the native UI, procedures, etc. I’d use it tons.