Category Archives: Air Traffic Control

Notes about the ATC system

Many of you have taken the time to tinker around with the new ATC system. Many of you have had a good experience, others have found yourselves frustrated for various reasons. My goal here is to try and explain what … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control, Development | 106 Comments

ATC: Description of a System Pt 1

I've always been into photography as just one of my many expensive hobbies. A very respected Photographer Jerry Ghionis always says "You don't have to be the best, you just have to be better than last week." I've tried to … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control | 115 Comments

Mommy where do baby airplanes come from?

"Well little Johnny, when a KC-10 and a 747 love each other very much..." On a more serious (kinda) note, this is a shot of what happens when ATC fails at spacing its aircraft properly. These two planes flew all … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control, Blooper Reel | 42 Comments

ATC And Airports – Where Does All of the Data Go?

This post is going to be a bit of a brain dump: I will explain where the various new types of data go for the new airports and ATC system. First: everything lives in scenery packs.  Since X-Plane 9, every … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control, File Formats, Scenery | 26 Comments

New Scenery Tools: WorldEditor 1.1 Beta 3

Edit: the original post listed the version as 2.0 - the new WED beta is 1.1, MeshTool is 2.0, and my brain doesn't work in this heat. More scenery tools: I have posted a new beta for WorldEditor 1.1: WED … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control, Development, Scenery, Tools | 28 Comments

Some ATC Bloopers…(Free Willy!)

In testing some ATC stuff today, I was curious why I saw smoke coming from the water on the left side of the runway. As I got closer, I found a KC-10 rising from the ground like a mighty Phoenix....struggling … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control, Blooper Reel | 8 Comments

Time Lapse Takeoffs

I wasn't going to post this video, but...what the heck.  So first, Chris sent me a link to this video a while ago.  Since Chris and I are both ATC nerds who used to work the Boston region on VATSIM … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control | 19 Comments

V10 Release Date Mania

First, let me say that this post represents my opinions and my thoughts and does not reflect the official view of Laminar Research. I'll be the first to admit that the news and events that have "leaked" out regarding v10's … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control, Development | 41 Comments

The world is under control…

So as Ben has mentioned, I've been working on giving X-Plane a new ATC system. To be clear, the task was not to add features or fix bugs with the existing system, it was to write a whole new one...from … Continue reading

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Next-Gen Twin Prop

The Cessna 172SP isn't the fastest plane, but it would get you there a little quicker if it was a twin prop. (This is what happens when I leave the AI planes on while randomly testing rendering bugs in the … Continue reading

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