Additional air traffic

Additional air traffic

Postby Anex80 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:22 pm

I’ve been loving PilotEdge for some time now but have a question regarding additional air traffic. As I understand it, PilotEdge consists of all human pilots logged into the network and a large set of drone traffic not talking to ATC. The problem with this is that large airports such as KLAS or KLAX are quite sparse and missing typical airline IFR flights you would expect in airports such as those. Is there a way to utilize traffic add-ons or even default traffic to suplement the traffic on the PE network? I understand they wouldn’t talk to PE controllers, but I’m worried that auto-gen traffic may interfere with ATC instructions, such as clearing me to land on a runway that a 737 already occupies.

Any thoughts or suggestions on how others are using their sims to generate more air traffic is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Additional air traffic

Postby kevin meyers » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:28 pm

There's nothing stopping you from using your own AI traffic (except for your own personal annoyance of airplanes running into you), but as for PE actually injecting drones into controlled airports- it's probably not going to happen. It would be unrealistic to not hear the pilot in front of you on the runway. Additionally, it would increase ATC's workload extensively to have to sequence real traffic with uncontrolled traffic.

Although it would be theoretically possible for ATC to sequence with drones if the drones all operated certain aspects of flight at specific points, the fact that ATC would have to think about that and wait for it to happen before giving an action to a real pilot would put them down the smoker.
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Re: Additional air traffic

Postby RogerW » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:46 pm

It would definitely increase the controllers stress level to that of a real controller :lol:

I sometimes turn on the drones on the online map when I am flying and there are a lot of them in the SoCal area that I fly in.
I haven't really watched many of them per-say but the few that I have seen in the sim are GA's that take off every ten minutes or so and/or land every ten minutes or so at some of the small airports.
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Re: Additional air traffic

Postby Keith Smith » Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:15 pm

Our controllers are not going to sequence you with your AI traffic. Don't use AI traffic...instead, fly where other people are flying, and take part in events.

If having live traffic nearby is important to you, that's what I'd recommend. If hearing lots of radio interaction is sufficient, then simply fly in Socal, it's generally busier than WUS (on the whole).
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