Is just flight traffic x good?
Is just flight traffic x good?
Last edited by KennethLeung; 08-11-2012 at 10:14 PM.
I find it good! It adds a lot of authenticity and more realism on the airport! I did notice a few strange things with the traffic, like planes overlapping. I'm not sure if that's just the ATC on FSX being really sloppy or the addon doing that, but it doesn't happen to often and certainly not a big deal for me.
One cool thing (and this counts probably with any Traffic add-on) is that its actually fun going plane spotting, especially on busy airports. There where some great unexpectedness that is happening.
The main payware FSX traffic add-ons have their own individual appeal. There has been much discussion by people who have tested/used both. Please search these forums for useful general information.
Specifically, regarding your JF Trffic X inquiry, I have used its since its FS2004 version. I agree with mtrunz. I find it very good. The FSX version has an effective user interface. The Plane Sptter (Spotty) is a nice touch. Personally, this add-on has given me the ability to very selectively load-up my ORIG airport with lots of vintage aircraft in the form of eye-candy (how about a VARIG DC10 parked next to your current-day B737?).
Of course, don't forget that the Airline Traffic Density (Sliders at 100%) is great fun only for viewing purpose, but will severely impact your FSX performance. So, for actual flying (depending on the complexity of your aircraft and scenery), the sliders have to move left before takeoff...mine surely do.......
I like it as well, I think the doubling of the planes is FSX's fault for letting them get to close.
I use My TrafficX Pro 5.4 for my AI traffic and find it very complete, capable, and flexible. It adds many airline liveries, as well as some GA bizjets, and military traffic, including helicopters. It also includes a "Time Machine" function, so that you can specify the year you would like for your traffic to emulate. I have not used JF Traffic X, so cannot comment on it.
By the way, when you say "overlapping aircraft", do you mean parking too close to each other so that wings overlap, or are there 2 aircraft in the exact same parking spot? (In either case, it has nothing to do with ATC.) If it is the former, it's just a badly designed airport scenery file...spots too close for the wingspan specified. If it's the latter, you most likely have 2 different scenery files for that airport active at the same time. Most AI traffic programs provide many modified airport files to improve the default parking situation, which is usually abysmal at FSX default airports. In either case, most airport problems can be fixed by editing them with ADE9X, an excellent freeware airport editor.
Last edited by rockinrobin; 08-12-2012 at 08:41 PM. Reason: typo
The other thing I noticed is that you stumble on more go arounds when you see planes land. Again, i'm not sure if its the add-on or the fact that I have the airport traffic density set to 100% within the FSX settings and there just seems way to much traffic for FSX to handle. Anybody recommend a good number to set in the traffic settings within FSX so that its not to busy but also not to dull?
AS you have discovered, I believe 100% is way too high. I'd guess there is a recommended setting in you Traffic X manual. For the application I use (MyTrafficXPro 5.4a), the recommended numbers are more like 30% for realistic traffic. Some people complain if there isn't something moving all the time, hence the higher capability (which is not realistic, but great fun to watch). I'm a glutton for punishment and have mine set around 60%...I fly mostly small GA out of smaller regional airports. Experiment and see what you like...