Should the tower be talking to me?

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Michaelvg1 First Officer

Ok. When I go into flight planner and set up a flight from one airport to another, I end up on the runway ready for take off. Shouldn't someone be talking to me like the tower? Shouldn't someone be telling me where to go and when I get in the air, shouldn't I hear the control tower talking me through the flight? Shouldn't I be starting at the gate or something with the engines off? I don't even know how to start them.

I'm a newbie to forgive me for these beginner Qs.

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

Yes you're right but FS is just a rough representation of real ATC, it's just not that detailed.

Third party ATC may give you more realistic ATC. Vatsim is even better, you talk to real people.

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Jim (jellrod) First Officer

If I read your problem correctly, initially you say you go into flight planner, and then you end up ON the runway. In flight planner, when you choose your airport, down in the bottom section you can also choose where you start, Like at the fuel farm, or at a gate, or parking ramp. If you do that, you can contact ATC and request taxi instructions and they WILL talk to you. Also, if you are going I|F||R, they will talk to you throughout the flight. It all depends on how you set it up in flight planner.

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mdaskalos First Officer

Maybe this is trivial, but you need to open the ATC communication window (you can have the flight start with it open by default) to tune to ground/ATC and ask for clearance, whether you're on the runway or at a gate.

Then you'll get all the talk you want.


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rowcoach First Officer

pushing the 'scroll lock' key brings up the window as well.

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Michaelvg1 First Officer

thanks guys... Will work on this...
I love this stuff...

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