• Review: Pro-ATC From Pointsoft

    Review: Pro-ATC From Pointsoft

    By Stuart Outram

    We May Have A Winner - All Slow Ahead!

    It is realistic
    The pilot does not sound disjointed and disembodied
    The voices are 'voices'
    ATC chatter is like the real thing.

    I am feeling a little faint...

    It isn't completely Peter Perfect, but I do believe that Pointsoft are doing a really good job of making something worthwhile here, that will move FSX and Prepar3D ATC on into the future. It is so new, that if they have managed to make it this good now, with tweaks and screwdriver turns, it could be very good indeed.

    As said, it isn't perfect, but it does have the scaffolding to make it very compelling.

    My Mesmer may have been overly 'rised' in the last couple of days, as without the aid of a safety net, advice from a sensible person, and a degree of lightness in the wallet area, I have taken the plunge and purchased Pro-ATC from Pointsoft.

    I first heard about this just before Christmas 2012.

    Hmmmmmm...

    "How good is the inbuilt FSX ATC," I had then asked myself?

    "How good is a blind man (no guide dog), guiding you through a field of razor blades?" Came back the reply.

    I am assuming, like me, that you will have all experienced the contact moment with FSX Radar, when you state, "With you Air Aerobic 242, Flight Level 100, descending 2,000 feet..."

    The jolly reply being..."Air Aerobic 242, Roger. Cleared for the Approach, Runway 06L, turn 360 degrees, invert your aircraft and climb to FL140. Good luck!"

    Considering that you are presently now going in the opposite direction, and climbing like a rocket ship, you MAY have lost some confidence in Roger Cantcareless down at 'blind as a bat' radar control? Me too.

    Now...

    I have watched Radar Contact for a long time, and mostly from afar. I have not been able to bring myself to purchase it, due to my own perception of it having a clunky 'metal mickey' voice set. I know nothing else about it, or whether it has improved in recent times.

    For those uninitiated (and for those too scared to come out from behind the sofa), there are YouTube examples for you to gauge from your own opinion. I make no further comment either for or against.

    Spooky for me though! It did put me off flying alone I can tell you - seemingly having the effect of an out of body experience. Disembodiment is not my idea of a good day on the flight deck.

    I have therefore held off from another dip into the wallet of never ending FSX fortuna.

    Always wanting to improve the experience, I have kept a look out for what Pointsoft has been doing over the last few months (since around December for me), and I have become a somewhat grudging but gradually turning acolyte of their Pro-ATC offering.

    For me, it started off as another - well, it does seem better than FSX ATC...but then again, for accuracy, my dog Butch barking into a bucket sounds better than FSX ATC.

    Then it all started to come into focus - my eyes have not been in focus for years, and I found this a quite vivid experience. For their forum was alight with ideas, suggestions, prods and pokes, and ways to make this product zing along. Amazingly, the developers are listening! They have been improving this product continuously, and I was so taken up with their progress, that in the depths of night, when all around me were asleep, I borrowed my wife's purse, and raided her cookie jar. Purchase made, downloaded, and countdown completed, before the dog had seen the rabbit!


    21 Comments
    1. Sukenobu's Avatar
      Sukenobu -
      Quote Originally Posted by lcheagle View Post
      This product is not prime time ready IMO and it's very likely you will need help for integrating it with your sim. I haven't used it a lot yet but getting technical help was a nightmare for me.

      I can attest their forum is the MOST aggressive place I have ever been. Just for that I'll spend my money somewhere else... period...

      I just bought their product a couple of weeks ago and have regretted the purchase since the first day. I had misgivings about buying it since a trial version didn't exist. That should have been a huge red flag. I only fly GA and wish I had dug around the forms more to find out Pro ATC focuses on commercial. Complete waste of money IMO, certainly if you only fly GA.
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