I enjoy using World Traffic 3 with X-Plane 11, just because it gives the world some much needed life as you start up and arrive at airports. It is a definitely a ‘fiddly’ app, meaning you have to play with it to get it how you like it, but it’s quite clever on the things it does.
One essential thing is to get all the real-world routes, airlines and liveries used with it. That was surprisingly easy with a single download from here:
The volunteer group that maintains that does a great job, and it really increases immersion to see local carriers and liveries, following their normal routes.
Anyway, some screens to show it in action. This is XP11 beta, Mister X KSFO airport with Forkboy2 Ortho local tiles (all free as well).
Here I am at San Francisco International (KSFO) in the midst of the crowd during a busy day, somewhere at gate 56. Weather is a little misty today but nice enough.
Not the clearest evening tonight, but a good view of the city over the Park approach, with the Naval station on the top left. Lots of snakes on that hill at Cabrillo in the background, stood on one once. Neither of us enjoyed that.
I don’t use the WT3 ATC, but let Pilot2ATC do its thing. Because I am using Active Sky, then the weather is the same between them all, meaning the active runways etc all tie up. P2ATC reads in AI flights from X-Plane and WT3 is setting X-Plane AI flights as it works them out, so it all works together. It’s nice as even the TCAS lines up as well, plus numbering for take off and landing.
I don’t mind having to set up W3 activation, as I tend to cold start and do all the gubbins for setting up a flight, so that’s just one initial flight planning step.
Info on the the packages working together here:
What’s interesting is that the WT3 author has said that he intends to hook into other ATC packages some more, so the ideal would be P2ATC speech output talking to other WT3 flights for some busier realistic ATC radio noise.