AISmooth - a unique new AI traffic approach management feature - has been designed to drastically reduce the number of go-arounds that are performed by AI planes at busy airports and really enhances the authenticity. AISmooth instructs approaching planes to perform holding patterns if they are following the plane in front too closely.
In addition, AISmooth will check the distance and headings of AI planes in the vicinity of your aircraft. If AI planes come too close, are heading in the same general direction and are within an altitude range that suggests you are both established on an approach path, then the AI planes will be instructed to perform holding patterns.
Traffic includes helicopter traffic - a first for any commercial flight simulation traffic expansion when it was introduced in Traffic 2005.
The package comes with a custom voicepack which provides additional pilot and ATC voices. The FS2004 default only includes American-accented voices - the voices included in Traffic are one US English, two British English and one English voice with a German accent.
AI traffic database - 280,000+ scheduled airline flights, including international, national, regional, commuter and cargo operators. In addition to these airliner flights the traffic database includes general aviation flights.
More than 500 airlines with more than 1,200 different aircraft. (Traffic 2004 had more than 80 airlines with more than 350 different aircraft.)
1500+ airports with airliner traffic plus additional 1500+ airports/airfields with GA traffic. Each airport in Flight Simulator can be added and scheduled by the user. 1,500 airports are especially modified with additional parking spaces; the busiest 50 worldwide include specific, allocated airline parking.
All flights are using their correct aircraft/airline identifiers and tail numbers according to the country of origin, e.g. a Cessna 152 flying in Germany will have a registration like D-EAEH, a Piper flying in the UK might be G-CLEA and so on.
Custom-made, high-quality aircraft. These are gmax-modelled to ensure both the highest quality and performance friendliness
Animated control surfaces, animated gears, animated propellers and jet engine fans - all have transparent cockpit windows
All aircraft are painted in real-world airline liveries (with reflective textures) and real aircraft registrations painted on them
60 different aircraft models, painted in liveries of more than 500 airlines. In total more than 1,200 individual aircraft are featured:
Airbus A300 Cargo
Airbus A380 Cargo
Bell JetRanger 206
Boeing 727 Cargo
Boeing 747-200 Cargo
Boeing 747-400 Cargo
Boeing 757-200 Cargo
Boeing 767-200 Cargo
Britten Norman Islander
Britten Norman Trislander
Cessna Citation 500
DeHavilland Dash 8
Eurocopter EC 135
Hawker HS 125
McDonnell Douglas MD81
McDonnell Douglas MD87
The airlines featured are too numerous to list. There are 400+ airlines all around the globe, from ABC Volga Dnepor to Kuzu Air Cargo and Yemenair.
General Aviation Aircraft
Traffic also utilises the default General Aviation aircraft that are supplied by Flight Simulator 2004 as follows:
Cessna 208 (Caravan Amphibian) - 3 variations
Cessna 208B (Grand Caravan) - 3 variations
Cessna 172 - 3 variations
Cessna 182S - 4 variations
Piper PA28 - 3 variations
FS 2004 Airport Facility adjustments
Traffic includes more than 3,000 airport facility modifications to allow correct traffic handling at the airports and the operation of increased traffic
FS Traffic Editor
This tool allows modification of schedules - adding, altering and deleting flights; adding aircraft to the list so that any aircraft chosen by a user can fly a Traffic flight
This tool allows easy adding and repainting of the aircraft included in Traffic. (NB: FS2004 only)
New tools to improve traffic flow and to reduce go-arounds at airports
- Taxi speed adjustment utility (FS2004 only)
This tool allows you to increase the taxi speed of aircraft taxiing on the taxiways and aircraft rolling out on the runways until they turn off and vacate the runway for following traffic. Increasing these speeds will improve the traffic flow, especially as runways will be available earlier than using the default taxi speeds.
- AISmooth - AI Approach Traffic Manager
AISmooth has been designed to drastically reduce the number of go-arounds that are performed by Artificial Intelligence (AI) planes at busy airports, and thus add some realism to this simulation. AISmooth will instruct approaching AI planes to perform holding patterns if they are following the plane in front too closely. In addition, AISmooth will check the distance and headings of AI planes in the vicinity of the user plane. If AI planes come too close to the user plane, are heading in the same general direction and are within an altitude range that suggests both planes are established on an approach path, those AI planes will be instructed to perform holding patterns as well. AISmooth is available as freeware but Traffic includes an exclusive special edition of AISmooth which allows you to save its configuration presets not only as one general setting but as settings per airport (details to be confirmed).
Spotty - the spotter aircraft
Spotty is an aircraft with no visual model (or just an 'arrow') which consists of the aircraft panel. This panel is a virtual plane spotter's bag, offering the following items on a mouse-click
- Radio to tune frequencies and listen to ATC
- Map to open FS 2004's top-down view
- Map to open FS 2004's flight map
- Navigation facility to allow moving this 'aircraft' by mouse only
The package includes a custom voicepack. This provides additional pilot and ATC voices. FS2004 by default only includes US American voices - the voices included in Traffic are one US English, two British English and one English with a German accent.