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ATC VFR contact with destination airport

Pro Member Trainee
FlyPast Trainee

How come the destination airport in the ATC screen doesnt often appear under the list of 'nearest airport list' or even 'airports further away' until you're nearly there? This gives you no time no adjust your approach depending on the runway they give for landing.

Pro Member Captain
Chris Morris (morris91) Captain

Decend before looking on nearest listed airports, then when it finally appears, contact. i never seem to have a problem... although i mostly fly IFR

Pro Member First Officer
Hongming Zheng (jianqing) First Officer

when you are 30nm away, the airport will show.

Pro Member Trainee
FlyPast Trainee

30nm out is too close to agree runway landing. Is there any way to increase the catchment area within which FSX shows nearby airports?

Pro Member First Officer
lionlicker First Officer

I agree 30Nm is too close. Same with ADF. when you tune to a NDB it only activates within 30 Nm. Pathetic! ❓

A work around is to check the wind conditions (Alt/W/W) at a distance, then presume which runway to line up with early.

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