Happy Birthday APP Control

One year ago, what started as a funny little programming exercise between Christmas and New Years’s Eve hit the AppStore. A very rudimentary air traffic control simulator running on iPhone. Do you remember it? Every input was done using buttons, there was not even a wind rose to assign headings…

The later versions included more and more features, simulation speed control, runway changes, an improved (let say usable) control panel. Later on, iPad support as well as portrait and landcape orientations, and with version 2.0, the App started to talk. A web version was born few weeks after the very first iOS version, and did not evolve a lot since then, but there are plans…

Each version brought new features, and each new feature brought new requests, from an increasing number of players. More twitter users follow @APPControl and more fans like the APPControl Facebook page every day. Some of the best improvements (including the voice…) were proposed by users. It is not possible to incorporate each and every wish as fast as we would like, but we do our best. Having such a community of players is great, and this is one of the reasons to start this blog.

After one year, APPControl stands at the crossroads of gaming and simulation. This is an interesting mixture, but it is not always an easy one too keep. Many players would understand what 7700 in a label would mean, and would not even require to see the runway numbers on the screen. Others would not and could not understand the game.

So here’s a question to you, dear users, do you want to see a more realistic APPControl, even if this makes it less a game, or a version with more action, even if this is not representative of a real-life ATC system? Or both?

Let us know, and let’s make APP Control a better app for all of you!


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

fredkje April 29, 2012 at 8:21 am

I’m just disvering this game,but I have ONE question: how do we do do land????


admin May 5, 2012 at 10:06 am

Simply bring the aircraft at the final approach fix at the required altitude and it will fly the approach and land by itself. The required altitude is the one with the light green background on the altitude selector.


R. Anderson March 27, 2012 at 2:54 am

I am a retired enroute controller and enjoy the approach control version as is. I would like to see an enroute version developed.


Doug March 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Great app for my iPad. Will be purchasing full version. Waiting for that day 15th catchup check.
Why not have two versions, one for aviation enthusiasts/pilots/ATC, one for gamers without aviation knowledge. (squak codes etc….)


Henry February 4, 2012 at 3:07 am

Instrument rated pilot here – I’m using the premium iPad version, and it’s pretty neat. I would lean towards the “more realistic” side. I’d like to see holding patterns.


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