More an ATC simulator than a game, APP Control HD for iPad is our most advanced application. It is based on the same principle that made APP Control a successful game, including:

  • various label schemes
  • speed vectors
  • short term conflict alerts
  • history dots (past positions)

APPControl HD for iPad - Air Traffic Controller game

But there is more to it… This app is based on scenarios instead of random traffic (still available as an option). Be sure that the scenarios we’ve prepared for you will put a lot of pressure on your nerves… The app also features the following possibilities, to be even more realistic:

  • flight progress strips
  • “intercept localizer” clearances
  • runway changes for departures, for a better departure planning
  • aircraft selection by touching the present position symbol or the label

APPControl HD for iPad - Air Traffic Controller game

This app is a must for Air Traffic Control fans, and all those who want to get a real feeling of what it is to be managing air traffic around a busy airport. The available scenarios include real life airports, but also fantasy airports designed to be very challenging. And more scenarios get added to the database periodically.

Oh, and there’s one more thing… The base version with three different scenarios is free. Get APP Control HD for iPad from the iPad now, and let your first shift as Air Traffic Controller start!

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Pjn October 11, 2016 at 9:20 pm

A few things
First, a great game. But I can’t seem to figure out how many aircraft I’ve worked. I know I’ve done more than 50 in certain scenarios, yet it’s never indicated that I’ve finished. Is there a way to keep track of my planes that I’m missing?
I bought the green on black, but that only has the mini label on the active aircraft, not all of them as in the green/grey. There’s no way to see where everyone is at a glance


Mark Sickle February 18, 2016 at 12:02 am

On the latest version Paris, CDG Easterly flow, I have worked the 80 aircraft twice now but it only shows 44 of 80 planes worked. Some kind of bug.


Mark Sickle January 8, 2016 at 4:52 am

I have the latest version and there is some kind of bug in it. I am working on completing “Who Did That”. I get about 12 minutes or so into it with a mess of aircraft and it freezes ant the screen turns white and it becomes impossible to see or do anything. I have to close it and try it again but it happens every time. Any other complaints?


Kevin December 23, 2015 at 6:25 am

The latest update is making it crash. A lot. Radar screen goes all white. Sometimes the flight data strips stay complete and sometimes they go all white too. I will uninstall, then install again to see if it fixes it.


Vincent January 9, 2016 at 6:05 pm

Hi Kevin,

we had similar issues during the testing phase and this should be fixed. We’re checking and working on a fix.
Thanks for your feedback and for your patience.


Yinon Levy December 12, 2015 at 7:30 am

Hi. I’ve been addicted to your App control HD for some time. I recommend it to friends and have even bought some in app purchases. The new version that came out this week keeps crashing. It starts off with the screen going partly blank and white and then the whole iPad crashes. It starts off with the screen going partly blank and white and then the whole iPad crashes I have some screenshots if you would like me to email you. I have some screenshots if you would like me to email you Pls advise suggestions. Regards. Yinon


Vincent January 9, 2016 at 6:07 pm

Hi Yinon,

we had similar issues during the testing phase and this should be fixed. We’re checking and working on a fix.
Thanks for your feedback and for your patience.


David Warden June 21, 2015 at 4:06 pm

I have finished all the levels on the HD version. I am now using the random option. I have a question. When using random mode is it unlimited or is the a way to set how many planes you want to handle or a certain time limit?


Mark Sickle December 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm

I own this app and in the past I paid for and downloaded add-ons JFK, Who Did That, and London Heathrow. I had a problem with my iPad and had to reset it and I lost all my apps. I redownloaded APP Control but don’t have my add ons. Can you give me a code to redownload them since I have already paid for them?



Vincent December 14, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Hi Mark,

I just sent you a mail explaining how to get your purchases again.


Marcelo November 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Thanks for the game. It’s a lot of fun but please, more airports!!!! I have played with the only few available for more than a year!! And please, fix the random feature. Thanks!!


Vincent November 28, 2014 at 8:57 am

Hi Marcelo,

the next update of the HD version should be available before Christmas. It will have a fully refreshed HMI, new voices and a better random mode (bugfix and more airlines).

Subscribe to the newsletter and like us on facebook to make sure you don’t miss the update,


Paolo October 4, 2014 at 9:35 am

I try the lite version but it’s impossible for me to finish the game with 113000/114000: maximum 105000/107000: how it’s possible?
Is there anybody italian?


Paul July 4, 2014 at 11:34 pm

I would like to suggest a ‘Circle Left’ and a ‘Circle Right’ buttons so that you can put an aircraft into a holding pattern.

My reasoning behind this is so that at times you get a flood of planes, well if this happens in the real world you would instruct the pilot to go into a holding pattern at x,000 ft. Then as soon as a slot becomes available they are cleared for landing (or put into a closer holding pattern)

Having just played at all levels, is there an unlimited option?

Many thanks,


Vincent July 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Hi Paul,
thanks for the idea, we’ll see if we can integrate it.


Marvin June 16, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Please fix the random play option. I have played this three times and each time within seconds the random function puts a plane right on another plane entering the airspace and the result is loss of airspace and the game is over. Each time this has occured within three minutes of starting the game.

I notice that this has been brought to the developers attention, in your reviews, on many occasions. FIX THIS!


Ricardo August 19, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I played random option and I can’t play for more than 30 second. Two airplanes entering to airspace to close and the game is over. FIX THISSSSSSSSSS,!!!!


Jon May 2, 2014 at 10:46 am

I purchased the LHR on my iPad why do I have the same again on my Ipad mini .
It would appear that you are asking me to purchase it twice.
Please advise as I want to purchase the full package but I am prepared to pay twice to use it on both my iPad and iPad mini
Thank you


Vincent May 7, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Hi Jon,

you have to use the purchase process twice, but as the appstore tracks all your purchases, you won’t have to pay again for it.

Hope this helps,


Mike April 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Amazing app as all the other apps you created – I’ve bought the whole package:) That would be great to have voice recognition for an HD app as well because now I play both voice app and HD app and it would be great to have one super-realistic app


Steve La Farge November 17, 2013 at 6:26 am

Really enjoy the game. Very addicting and realistic. My only complaint is that I added the “random traffic” feature and in that mode I always lose, because eventually, 2 flights arrive at the same fix too close together and I cannot establish separation and the game immediate ends. Is there something I am doing wrong, or is that what you mean by “random” ,as in “random near-miss resulting in termination”? :)


Vincent February 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Hi Steve,

thank you for your feedback. Normally, the traffic generator should not create immediate conflicts. We’ll take a look at it.



Rusty November 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Still have the issue of running in Random mode and two arrivals appear almost simultaneously, failing the separation guideline and terminating the session. Could you “adjust” random arrivals so they meet separation initially? In the real world, in bounds are separated when handed off . (Great sim though. Logged many hours so far.)


Gavin Smith October 14, 2013 at 6:29 am

I reinstalled the app after my ipad upgrade, and now I can’t restore purchases. Have I done something wrong?


Vincent October 14, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Hi Gavin,

there is no explicit “restore purchases” option. What you must do is purchase them again. As apple keeps track of all your purchases, they won’t charge you again, as long as you use the same apple id.



Claus Jacobsen July 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Great app, but I fully agree with Dan Grow’s comment Feb-6 2013, that the “back to menu” button is too easy to hit accidentally. My suggested solution: When the button is pressed, issue a confirmation pop-up asking if the user really wants to exit.


9SL9 July 10, 2013 at 7:56 am

Fantastic game. Love it. I’ve purchased the Super Pack – how do I gain access to the 80 plus airports and user contributed airports described in the FAQ?


Andy Vincent May 19, 2013 at 9:08 pm

The HD version is extraordinary but only having two airports available (LHR and JFK) severely limits variety so when can we expect to be able to purchase those available with the non HD version?

Secondly – any plans to produce an editor so that arrivals and departures can be added by users to extend scenarios?


Tom smith March 28, 2013 at 4:05 am

Planes on final, cleared to FAF and at 3000 ‘ are shown to have to Hugh alt for approace. You cant clear below 3000′


Jim Smith March 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

When playing in “Random Traffic” mode, landing traffic will sometimes appear at the same entry point so close to each other that there is no way you can separate them…. Game immediately ends because of loss of separation.


john c February 12, 2013 at 3:00 am

I had to reload my ipad from stratch and re loaded the app control HD app, but I have lost all my purchases. Is there a way to get those back? I thought they should have updated when I loaded the app? Help please.


Dan Grow February 6, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Great game …… I too remember this game as TRACON on pre windows PC. One problem needs fixing …… The “back to menu” button is too close to the runway selection. I accidently bump it on way too many occasions which shuts down the game. Could you please move it to, maybe, the upper left corner …… Or somewhere else out of the way?
Thanks, Dan


Russell Buckland January 31, 2013 at 8:54 am

I can not find/access the HD version. It doesn’t show on iTunes or the AppStore. Is it location specific? I’m in NZ.
Or do I need a different iPad, it doesn’t say above what version is required.

A great App , Russell


Vincent February 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Hello Russel,

there are no territories restrictions, and it is compatible with any iPad. iOS 5.1 or later is required. Let us know if you still have issues finding it.



Rufus Davis January 10, 2013 at 4:19 am

Could it be an option to change the color scheme. I think the green background is a much better plan.


Randall Olson December 30, 2012 at 2:24 am

Allow an option for no losses between arrivals and departures. That’s what tower controllers are for.


Bryan January 1, 2013 at 11:07 am

thats so annoying when that happens. i keep failing because i have one aircraft on short final and another one appears just taking off. only way to avoid is to change the departure runway to avoid a conflict.


DM-man January 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Someone wrote about this “feature” a couple of months ago:

“It’s only fault that I see is that the separation requirement, while understandable enroute and even during approach, is not necessary during landing. I’ve had a loss of separation due to planes landing on parallel runways less than 3 miles apart. This should not happen. Nor should there be a loss of separation between a plane landing and a plane taking off. The phase of flight should be considered.”


Vinnie December 29, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I downloaded app control and app control HD this week and love them both! Especially the user interface is easy. The HD version is wonderful. One can only imagine where this app wil be in a couple years time. For now a bit of voice would really be nice. For the future, voice recognition would be great! (one can dream ;). I’ll tell my pilot buddy’s about this and hope they’ll purchase it and thus support you in your developments.



Bruce Kaufmann November 27, 2012 at 4:07 am

Just tried your new IPad HD verizon and it needs work. You cannot move the plane tags so that when a plane leaves left edge of screen, you cannot see if it is at the correct altitude. Also, you cannot enlarge the scope or an area of the scope. You need a stylus to change course as fingers are too large to get an accurate heading change.
Hope you can fix these problems.


admin December 9, 2012 at 11:50 am

Hi Bruce,

thank you for your feedback. We are working on the next versions of the HD app, and we’ll take what you say in account.


PK ATCO November 27, 2012 at 2:00 am

hi. I would like to have in this game: reversed order of arrival strips (first expected should be last on the list as it is in real ATC), a line between two (or more) aircraft in conflict instead of red transparent circle, and movable label (or at least label to be over border of the “screen”). thx


admin December 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

Hi PK,

thanks for your feedback, we’ll see how we can integrate your feedback in coming versions.


Dennis Morinaga November 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Got yr email intro on app control for iPad and played it. Looks very nice. Will work it and look forward to updates for sound soon. Thanks


Jeff November 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I was playing it on a plane over the holidays. The flight attendant saw it and flipped out on me. Not sure what she thought, I assured her it was just a game!

I’m a ATP rated pilot (not current) and I’ve been playing ATC games since TRACON on a PC in the early 90′s. This is very realistic! Keep it coming.

I’m waiting for on-line handoffs to other people!


Rod Nelson November 25, 2012 at 11:34 am

Great game keep it up


Gary November 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Great app. What’s chance of some random maydays to spice things up a little. Wouldn’t expect one every game so they become predicted. Anyway great job.


Harry November 22, 2012 at 8:28 pm

My only moan is no sound ……. Other than a great update of an already excellent game!


admin November 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

Hi Harry,

thanks for your kind words. As already mentioned below, sound will come in the next version… As well as LCY ;-)


Evert November 22, 2012 at 11:33 am

I don’t have any sound, is that correct?


admin November 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Hi Evert,

the HD version does not has sound so far, mostly because of the increased number of company callsigns. This will be included in upcoming version.


Buchanan Thomas November 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Is there any possibility of transferring the acquired airports from the non-HD game to the new one ? It would definitively be an incentive to go for the new version.

Thanks for all the fun…



admin November 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Hi Thomas, and thanks for your kind words…

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to transfer airports from one app to the other, but we’ll soon offer more airports for the new one as well.


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