Air Traffic Control
Center™ is a highly realistic simulation of actual
radar sectors in the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles Enroute Air Traffic Control Centers. You take the position of
the controller, guiding both small and large aircraft into and out of
some of the busiest airports in the world! It is not just an addictive
game, but a fully realistic simulation of actual
traffic flows, radar sectors, ATC procedures and radar equipment
currently used throughout the U.S. Designed by a real controller, ATCC is ideal for pilots, controller trainees, aviation enthusiasts, or anybody
else who wants to try one of the most stressful jobs on Earth...
ATCC can be
used by beginners. The manual covers everything you need to know: basics of aviation, fundamentals of
Air Traffic Control, mental techniques on how to keep the
"picture" without going insane, radio communications, and
how to read the jumble of letters and symbols on the radar. Though there is a lot of
information, it should only take a few hours of reading and practice
to begin controlling. Besides being fun, ATCC is also extremely educational!
ATCC can also be used by experts! With all settings at
fully realistic, ATCC is about as close as you can get to the real
thing--it's more accurate, in fact, than the FAA's own DYSIM
simulators. Real controllers can get valuable practice working
consistently busy traffic and practicing scan techniques or sequencing under a variety
of real-world conditions, such as weather deviations, or just otherwise being
"down the tubes." Or pilots can find out what it's like on the
"other side," and why controllers need to talk so fast!
- Six actual sectors
from the Los Angeles, Chicago and New York Air Route Traffic Control
Centers mimic the real-life traffic flows, airport operations and
sector procedures. Some sectors have mostly departures or crossing traffic, others
involve primarily sequencing for approach, and
others are a chaotic mix of both. You can also download a large number
sectors from around the world.
- Radar, data terminals and
interphone consoles are nearly identical to the NAS M-1
consoles used in the
U.S. (and similar to what is used elsewhere).
- Designed and
fine-tuned by a real controller for maximum authenticity in all
aspects, from procedures, to equipment, to precise aircraft
performances and quirks.
- Advanced AI pilots
communicate in standard ATC phraseology using digitized speech (full
version only). The process simulates real-world "human" factors such as missed-readbacks, push-to-talk frequency
congestion or varying reaction times. Pilots also understand a wide range of standard ATC clearances, from basic
altitude/speed/heading instructions to multi-part crossing
restrictions and VOR radial intercepts.
- Simulated weather
accounts for upper winds, and can include turbulence (which usually
just ties up the radio frequency with complaints), or may result in large-scale storm buildups that
cause massive course deviations
and throw your sector into chaos. Weather is created in real-time,
based on the sector location and typical weather for the current day
and month the program is run.
- Realistic flight
models for all aircraft, ranging from tiny Cessna 150's to 747's.
Subtleties in aircraft performance and behavior were carefully fine-tuned
to create an extremely accurate controlling environment.
- A "career" process lets you first "train" on
sectors, where you
can control the traffic level, and any mistakes you make don't
count. Once you feel ready, you can then take a "certification
check" where the simulated supervisor watches and grades your
performance. If you're good enough, you become certified at that
sector, and can then "work" it to build your hours and
overall controller rating. Working a sector as a certified
controller is considered a big responsibility--traffic levels are
always kept at real-world intensities, and as in reality, mistakes
are simply not allowed. You also can't just exit the program or turn
off the computer when you feel like it, for example, or you'll get
in big trouble when you return! (Instead, you must request a
break, then a short
time later a computer controller will arrive and take over...)
Where to get it:
- The complete Version
1.1 with talking pilots is only US $12.00. Download
evaluation version: ATCC Lite (V1.0) is available at our Download
Page. This is a no-time-limit, fully functioning version
of the sim, but without sound (communications with text messages
Manual: The full documentation is installed with the program, or
you can click here to read it
online. There is also a version in PDF format (with better-looking
sector maps), and a Spanish translation available on the Downloads