Jessica Bannister-Pearce takes a look at ATC and third-party add-ons
In the real world, almost all pilots fly with that little disembodied voice in their ear - a constant companion on a long flight north or a short afternoon hop. I’m talking about Air Traffic Control or ATC - an essential to almost all flights. It’s something you should have in any sim as well. As it happens, ATC is available in all of today’s current flight sims - Prepar3D, Flight Sim World and X-Plane 11 - all have built-in ATC control. On top of that there are a few third-party add-ons that replicate ATC control. The question is, are any of them any good? Can any of them deliver the authentic experience? Let’s take a look.