The REAL TRACON simulator
Air Traffic Control made REAL!!

The ARTS-iiia
is one of 2 PC games of this kind, being used in FAA-approved college air traffic control training programs. The ARTS-iiia is also used in various military establishments to keep controllers current with their ATC skills.

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Screen shown is 1920x1080 High Definition under Windows 7 Ultimate (32/64 bit)

Unlike other ATC sims, the ARTS-iiia™ Starter Kit does NOT require an internet connection, nor is it dependent upon another application, and/or another user. This product is completely, unequivically stand-alone!
The way software should be!


Complex ARTS-iiia simulation allow you to experience the real life
duties of an approach and departure controller
10 sectors including Los Angeles, Chicago O'Hare and and Miami
and other famous high capacity airports
Advanced artificial intelligence (AI) pilots follow complex ATC routings
Flight strip(s) are represented both electronically, and via a strip printing feature
Full voice control possible using Microsoft's voice recognition technology (FREEWARE!)
Over 100,000 historical flight plans and hundreds of airline liveries included
Aircraft will follow complex instructions in SPEED, ALTITUDE, and HEADING
ALL commands conform to FAA air traffic rules/procedures (7110.65 x)
Instrument and Visual approach clearances are simulated
Realistic airplane performance
REAL PILOT voices recorded by REAL people
(you can even create your own voice for the game if you like!)

ARTS-iiia™ Starter Kit
is the premier Air Traffic Control simulation on the market for the PC.

ARTS-iiia™ Starter Kit

is the offspring of ATCsimulator and ATCsimulator2-HD, which has been
at the forefront of ATC simulation since Jan/2001, and is still going strong.
ARTS-iiia Starter Kit
allows you to immerse yourself in the mysterious world of air traffic control.
This is as close to the REAL THING! as you can get. Don't be fooled by cheap
imitations or cheesy mockups dreamed up from someone's imagination!

But, it can also be FUN!

ARTS-iiia Starter Kit
provides you with the most comprehensive set of programs to help boost your
air traffic career, or satisfy your thirst for experiencing the REAL THING!

Starter Kit
has it all! And it can only be purchased here!

(This is the first ATC sim that shipped with speech recognition capability on January 16, 2001!)

Once your purchase is complete and the ARTS-iiia™ Starter Kit is installed and functioning, a link will be provided to download the Speech Kit for use with the ARTS-iiia™ Starter Kit. Once the product is registered, the link to download the Speech Kit will accompany your unlock code instruction email.


The ARTS-iiia™ Starter Kit allows you to take on the role as Approach or Departure controller at your choice of over 10 Terminal Radar Approach Control facilities of the United States National Airspace System (NAS), or TRACONs as they are more commonly called. Your goal is to allow for the "safe and expeditious" flow of air traffic. It is your job to assist the pilots arriving at airports inside your airspace boundaries by lining them up for an approach (preparing for a landing). It is also your job to assist pilots departing your airspace by handing them over to the Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) controller at the appropriate time or fix location.


ARTS-iiia Starter Kit was modeled after the ARTS-IIIa radar equipment used at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center(MMAC) in Oklahoma City, Radar Training Facility. All of the dials and switches are simulated with photorealistic quality, and perform all of the functions of their real-life counterpart. Whenever possible, the keyboard functions of the ARTS-IIIa terminal are accessed in the same manner as in real life.

There are no fancy shortcuts or Windows GUI interfaces (that do not exist on real ARTS-IIIa equipment) as is found on other so-called use the keyboard using the same keystrokes as Real controllers. And by the way, legacy radarscopes are round, not square. Other game simulations available for the PC present their software using the entire screen, instead of simulating the actual look and feel of the real equipment. We strive to keep the simulation as true-to-life as possible, allowing for you to experience what real controllers "experience" on a daily basis. So don't be fooled by cheap inaccurate imitations.


The ARTS-iiia Starter Kit provides many methods to allow the "safe and expeditious" flow of air traffic. There are rules governing separation laterally and vertically. You can issue climb and descents, turns, speed changes, holding instructions, visual and instrument approach clearances. You have every command you need to accomplish your task, but HOW you use those commands is entirely up to you. It's not what you know, it's how well you USE what you know.


One of your primary goals is to achieve a higher pay based on your job performance. In the real world, controllers are expected to do a good job. Failing to do that can sometimes result in deadly consequences. That's why air traffic control is one of the most stressful occupations in the world, and highly respected. So, the scoring mechanism is such that you begin with 100 points. Your goal is to maintain that and not lose points. Points are deducted from 100% for separation errors, procedural and others. If you can maintain an overall career average of 70% or better, you will attain pay raises. If you fall below that, you will be demoted. A complete report is given at the end of each scenario telling you how well you performed, any mistakes you made, and what reference material to review to help improve your controlling abilities. This material also includes references from the FAA Air Traffic Bible, the 7110.65x.


ARTS-iiia™ Starter Kit will now allow you to generate traffic on the fly by letting you set the level of arrivals and/or departures that you wish to challenge yourself. Or, you can still select from over 100,000 stored flights that were captured from real world FAA air traffic computer networks. (Although SIDS/STARS are an integral part of flight planning, once within 40 miles of the destination airport, the controller will issue vectors to final approach course, thus eliminating the need for adherance to published paths.)


Another feature of the ARTS-iiia™ Starter Kit is the ability to print flight strips while running a scenario. Whether it be a randomly generated scenario, or one of the stored scenarios captured from live FAA flight data, strip printing requires a simple checkbox selction. These strips are printed on your Windows compatible printer and print 10 to a page. The strips will only correspond with the active traffic in the scenario.


To add variety to the simulator, or to more closely emulate real world facilities, you can filter the airports at your TRACON to your liking. This will allow you to simulate exact controller positions as compared to the real world. Plus, this reduces the traffic load at each TRACON, making for much more manageable levels when going at it alone at Level 5 facilities. In addition to opening and closing airports, you can also open and close runways, and assign them for arrival, departure or both.


The airspace and associated navigational data used in the ARTS-iiia™ Starter Kit was obtained from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Jeppesen and ARINC. Geographic data was derived from the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) and the United States Geological Survery. Flight data was captured from the FAA computer network utilizing Flight Explorer®. Only commercial and civilian traffic local to the area will appear at each TRACON. None f the traffic you will see is's REAL. As an extra bonus, we added a real video map displays that are the ACTUAL maps used at various air traffic facilities.


During gameplay, you can choose either a synthetic pilot voice, or Real prerecorded concatenated Text-To-Speech voices. Using Microsoft's TTS technology, you can use the voices that come with the program, and you can also add your own voice using the tools of the Speech SDK mentioned in the next section. There is room for up to 100 voices that can be used with the program. Invite friends and family to join in on the fun and add their voice to the game!

Windows 98 thru Windows 10 (32/64 bit)
Microsoft DirectX 8.1 or later
128 megabytes of RAM
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive (for CD version)
200 megabytes of free hard drive space
Graphics card capable of 800x600 or higher resolution
The following screen modes are supported for ARTS-IIIa;
800x600 1024x768 1280x1024 1440x900 1680x1050
is the best resolution for ultimate realism!

Normal(96 dpi) or Large(120 dpi) only.
Sound Card-(for speech recognition a standard analog headset with an on/off switch is highly recommended)

Aircraft flight data (flight plans and airline schedules) that ship with the ARTS-iiia Starter Kit , were captured from the FAA flight computer network. Other sources of information such as STARS and SIDS and aeronautical charts were used to build route information used by the simulator. This data is of course, a time capsule of information that can change. There could be airlines that no longer exist, but did exist at the time of capture. The time period for which the accuracy of that data will persist is beyond our control. We will periodically provide updates to that information as time permits. The goal of theARTS-iiia™ Starter Kit is to allow you to handle the load of traffic presented during gameplay, whether Amelia Earhart, or American Airlines.

This webpage was last updated: 16MAR2019