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    Posted: 30 Dec 2015 at 2:24pm
I am considering purchase, and would like more information about the product than what is on the website so far.

1. Is there any multi-player capability, with other humans?

2. Are controller sessions for a fixed time period?

3. How are controllers evaluated in career mode?

4. Is there only one day's worth of real-world traffic?  That is, if I play a session at the same time of day, two times in a row, will I see exactly the same traffic in the same order, or is there a way to randomize the order a bit to reduce predictability.  After all, in the real world, even though a given airport may have largely the same daily flight schedule, the planes will not always depart and arrive in exactly the same order every day, and there will be other periodic variations from cargo and chartered flights, etc.  This is a big criticism that I have had with previous products in this genre.

5. Will there be occasional emergencies, that will force the controller to react and rearrange the pattern flow.

6. Can the Nav Data be updated to stay current if I have a subscription to Navigraph or a similar service?


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Hi Avwriter,
1. At this time there is not multi player capability in ATCpro in the initial release. We plan to add this in a future release or addon package.
2. You can begin a session at any hour or minute on each day of the week and run a session for as long as you want in Sandbox (practice) mode. In Career mode you are limited to times of day with adequate traffic.
3.Controllers have points subtracted for mistakes and points added for handling more traffic. Note, in Career mode you must handle all types of aircraft including General Aviation at 100% levels, which can become very challenging.
4. The traffic schedule is for commercial flights only and covers a 24 hour 7 day week. Each day will have variation of flights and traffic. If you run the same time on the same day the flights will be the same. Despite that all corporate, GA and military flights will be random which provides plenty of variation and challenge!
5. There are currently no emergencies simulated but they are planned for the future.
6. The commercial flight schedule will be updated regularly for a small fee.
Thanks for your questions and interest. I hope you decide to buy ATCpro. You won't be disappointed, guaranteed.
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Thank you for your answers. Regarding #6, that is not what I was referring to.  The SIDS, STARS, fixes, and other standardized traffic procedures around the world change periodically, sometimes in minor ways, and sometimes in major ways.  In flight sims like FSX and P3D we are able to subscribe to a service which updates them on a monthly basis.  At least one of your competitors, that I know of, allows customers who already subscribe to such a service to update the NavData folder with this information.  Just wondering if you might considering doing this do this too.

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Andrew:
 
An additional comment on your question #4: The traffic is a weekly schedule, so what you will see at the same time on different days will vary.  In addition, there is variation added to reflect weather, flight conditions, and other delays.  Therefore, a flight that is schedule to arrive or depart at, for example, Wednesday at 1215, may appear earlier or later depending on the amount of each variation applied.  Military, corporate, and general aviation flights are generated using general information, but with variation each day.
 
Re: Question #6:  We intent to offer updated flight schedules, and revisions to traffic procedures will be included in these updates, but the specifics and timings of the updates have not yet been determined.  At this time we can't just use the raw traffic procedure and flight schedule data, because it has to be modified to work properly in ATCpro.
 
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Thank you very much for the clarification.  That helps a lot.  Having 7 days worth of data, plus weather variations is great, and represents an improvement over offerings by other developers.

One other question:  Will changing weather conditions produce obvious variances for airborne traffic?  Will we see aircraft having a harder time following the prescribed procedure, and or more frequent go arounds due to wind-shear?  None of this is really critical for me, but I am genuinely curious as to how far you have modeled the simulation in comparison with what has been done before.

Finally, I looked at the video lessons, which do answer some of my questions.  However, it would be nice if you would also post a video that just contains straight game play over say 20-30 minutes.

Thanks again.

Andrew


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Thank you very much for the clarification.  That helps a lot.  Having 7 days worth of data, plus weather variations is great, and represents an improvement over offerings by other developers.
More than weather, also have various other delays which affect flights. 

One other question:  Will changing weather conditions produce obvious variances for airborne traffic?  Will we see aircraft having a harder time following the prescribed procedure, and or more frequent go arounds due to wind-shear?  None of this is really critical for me, but I am genuinely curious as to how far you have modeled the simulation in comparison with what has been done before.
Won't necessarily cause a "harder time", but the ground speed etc will definitely be different than for a zero wind condition.

Finally, I looked at the video lessons, which do answer some of my questions.  However, it would be nice if you would also post a video that just contains straight game play over say 20-30 minutes.
Got one in the pipeline right now.  Keep watching. 

Thanks again.

Andrew
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Can windows like communications history, radio buttons, etc be dragged to a 2nd monitor?
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Hi Andrew,
Yes any window including the main radar scope (TCW) can be dragged to an additional monitor. I've got this question on our FAQ page of the website now. http://www.atcprosim.com/#!faq/c21nl
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I keep coming up with new questions.  I guess that means I am getting more interested :-)

How well does the sim deal with simultaneous parallel approaches?  Something that drives me crazy with most other TRACON sims, is that they ding me for busting separation rules when aircraft are legitimately established on parallel ILS approaches.  At KATL, will it allow me to bring in planes on runways 26R and 27L?  How about 28 and 27L?

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Andrew:
 
Yes.  Simultaneous approaches are supported wherever parallel runways exist.  ATCpro is smart enough to suppress the CA under these circumstances.  Try it!
 
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