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User currently offlineAA7771stClass From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 296 posts, RR: 5
Posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6264 times:

I was playing today and came across a question for all of you who have played the game a considerably amount... Thus far, have you found that ATC will keep you clear of terrain? I'm kind of sketchy of it sometimes and haven't yet hit anything but I dramatically reduced my descent rate into JAC because I thought they were going to run me into mountains... So, any thoughts? Thanks.

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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6236 times:

I've noticed the same. I was shooting an instrument approach into Burlington, (BTV) and I noticed that I was far closer to the terrain than I would be comfortable with in real life. I've also noticed the same thing flying into SLC, Portland, OR (PDX) and other mountainous areas. One suggestion would be to fly the full approach, rather than just accept vectors. That way, the ATC system assigns you the altitude that's shown for the terminal route, which gives terrain clearance. So you'd be safe from the IAF on in, and on the feeder route. That helps a bit, I guess.


[Edited 2003-09-16 01:03:37]

User currently offlineSuspen From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6208 times:

Haven't hit terrain yet but I have been vectored into areas that would get me shot down in real life :P

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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6201 times:

that's always good.  Big grin

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User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6177 times:

I've been lucky, I think, and have managed to avoid mountains while being
vectored..but, I think that's more attributable to luck than ATC's intelligence.


What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6173 times:

I gave it a shot. I flew a Learjet into SLC, and asked for the full approach. I didn't get close to the mountains. Moral of the story? FS ATC can't vector.


User currently offlineWilax From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 465 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6183 times:

I've had fs2002 run me into mountains on approach to MEX, but 04 seems to keep me just barely above them. I am also uncomfortable with the low altitudes given to me when I am still 30+ miles away from the airport, well under the ILS.

I have also noticed that even though there are multiple runways active, ATC still tends to pack 4 or 5 arriving aircraft onto the same runway causing inevitable go-arounds. I've found myself sidestepping on my own because I see another plane cut right in front of me before I am cleared.

Also, I 've noticed that at airports with intersecting runways, ATC will only have one set of runways active.

Still room for improvement...

User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3407 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6107 times:
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While flying into Mangalore, India, IXE/VOML, I was descending into IXE and i was at 8,500 feet and i thought that I was gonna crash so i did nothing but soon, ATC told me to climb to 10,000 feet... Then soon i turned and did a normal descent, down to 6000, then 3000, then 2500 or something like that...


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User currently offlineB752fanatic From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 918 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6058 times:

A suggestion to all.


Its real time with real people flying and controlling.

Its the most real ATC you can find and is free.


"Truth is more of a stranger than fiction." Mark Twain
User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3535 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6067 times:

Absolutely right B752fanatic. Even though I like to watch AI traffic - nothing can compare to flying with real people. Go Vatsim guys!


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