It’s here! The first version of the Aircraft Radio Simulator’s radio stack is online and available for testing. If you have already signed up, you will receive the invite into the private test area. If you haven’t signed up to be an insider, the sign-up form is waiting for you at the bottom of this page. Do it now and get immediate access to the first component of the simulator.
Here’s What’s Cool
- The first test version of the radio stack has a fully tunable radio transceiver.
- The transponder works. There is even a simulated air traffic controller who will tell you by radio what he wants you to code into the transponder. He’ll tell you if you get it right or wrong.
- You can tune in and listen to radio comm between Peachtree Tower and aircraft in the traffic pattern.
- You can tune in and listen to Atlanta Approach giving radar vectors to airliners.
- You can tune in and listen to the ATIS for Atlanta Town and Country Airport (KATC), the simulator’s fictitious airport for radio training.
- All audio is pre-recorded or computer-generated, and not a live broadcast. I collected the recorded audio, on the spot, at various airports using an ICOM IC-A14 aircraft transceiver.
- Not all of the radio stack’s planned features are fully functional, but after 8 months of programming, it was time to put it out there for you to try. The final version will be completely functional. This version is still plenty of fun.
- The radio stack is just one element of the full Aircraft Radio Simulator. Planned components for the future include an animated cockpit, moving scenery, and, of course, voice recognition, so you can talk with simulated air traffic controllers.
- Underlying all this animation and interactivity will be the simulator’s real-time training modules to let everyone from student pilots to up and coming instrument pilots learn the radios by trial and no-consequence-error. (I’ve always felt flight instructors coach; and pilots teach themselves how to fly.)
Let me know in the comments section below, and by all means, if you haven’t signed up to test the sim, do it now!