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News! - In Development : Traffic Global by Just Flight


Just Flight noted that they had some announcements coming soon when they released the Duchess 76. But the actual news was not what I expected, a Global Traffic system for X-Plane11... and that is very, very different product from their usual offerings.


X-Plane currently have three traffic systems in the built in Laminar Research A.I. which is a bit of a mess to be honest. Jardesign has the X-Traffic, but like the A.I. version it is very restricted to the A.I. aircraft (yes you can use bluebell's A.I. aircraft, but still only 20 of them) and of course there is WorldTraffic 3.


I am a huge fan of WorldTraffic 3, it is an astounding plugin, but development can be deathly slow. But it is also very established into the X-Plane psyche with a huge interaction with user contibutions. A new version in v3.1.10 is currently in beta testing.


So the Just Flight version is going to be interesting, if just from a faster development point of view.


Features noted for Traffic Global are :


  • Professionally designed AI models
  • Fully animated models with lighting and effects
  • Not limited to 20 visible aircraft
  • Works with multiplayer
  • Aware of the player's aircraft
  • Custom radar window
  • Customisable routes
  • Single, simple installer; no other downloads or manual configuration


First question is does Traffic Global use separate ground routes (like WT3) or use the current built in ATC routes... although the WT3 Ground Route system can not cover every aspect of every airport, it's flexibility does allow it to be edited to fit and be customised. It's drawback is that there are very few master editors out there who can create these custom routes, and so in that case many of the airports are simply not edited correctly. So they usually use the built in ATC routes to create the ground routes and usually most generations come with some very compromised ground routings.

This compromise is created by the scenery developers in the way they laydown the ATC routes in WED (WorldEDitor), or even if they actually are doing so in the first place...  most scenery developers are really very bad at this and are (still) totally oblivious to the fact on the importance of why these ATC routes have to be correctly installed...

That WT3 can edited around these poor ATC renderings is it's strength, but as noted there are only a few gifted editors to cover a large percentage of release airports with these customised ground routes (so they tend to pick only the big scenery releases).


So here is the question... if Traffic Global uses the same ATC system for it's ground routes then it will be compromised from day one, unless they have a system or editor to correct the badly created internal ATC routings. Yes WT3 is quite a complex system, but also very modifiable as well, but it also requires user input to create that network and that is what gets it around most issues.


Traffic Global notes it will have "Professionally designed AI models", but currently WT3 now has over 8000 different aircraft and liveries that covers most airlines and aircraft, and if you can run your render setting in a high quality setting, they look pretty good as well.


Traffic Global's bonuses could be it's easy of use, better quality and more functional radar, customisable routes and a cleaner X-Plane11 interface, however the biggest advantage maybe simply be in its quicker reaction to changes and updates.


AGRE routes (real world airline routings) have been highly refined in WT3, in the world wide regional route placement. This is again a very heavy feature that does not put local German aircraft in say Australia or Asia and by aircraft type in say long haul or domestic. Small details like this are important for realism...  but the proof will be in the seeing and using... overall Traffic Global has a big if huge mountain to climb with the already well established WorldTraffic 3 routing system and layouts. A final aspect is simply framerate. WT3 is actually very good considering the sheer numbers it has to compute on screen, but it have times that it can grind itself slower if there are other aspects like heavy weather systems or large complex scenery, Traffic Global can live or die on just the framerate running alone. 


Traffic Global Images provided by Just Flight.





Pricing for X-Plane11 is noted as the same for the recently released Traffic Global FSX/P3D version that is "Usual Price: US$52.99" but currently on a "Special Offer Price US$41.99" of an Early Access advanced stage of development deal... in other words it isn't 100% complete.


WorldTraffic 3 is currently priced at US$29.95, which is nearly half of the expected full Traffic Global price...  It is going to have to very, very good to beat that deal. Release of Traffic Global for X-Plane11 is noted by Just Flight as later in 2019.


Just Flight details are here: Traffic Global (for X-Plane 11)




Product details and images are courtesy of JustFlight


News by Stephen Dutton

4th April 2019

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An interesting article as I had GLobal Traffic many years ago when on Windows and FSX now I am on MAC OSX and X-plane 11.  It wil be interesting to see what they have done to try and as you say beat the spots off World Traffic 3.

You said that there was three traffic systems for X-plane , I believe there are 3 more that you have not mentioned.  These three all have traffic to see on your x-plane screen and let me explain why .  IF you use VATSIM , IVAO or Pilot EDge  then by definition these on line ATC systems if you are at a busy ATC manned airport will have traffic and taxi routes as teh ATC clients will have these defined on their radar scopes and charts.  Talking about TAXI routes then the scenery editors should try something like NAVIGRAPH Desktop which has a good and fairly upto date set of charts for thousands of airports.  There is no excuse in not doing these corredly when building scenery.  Of course the only problem is that VATSIM etc will use airport NOTAMS and thus when engineering work is copied to the Virtual World then they use the alternative taxi-routes when they can.  My final thought on TAXI routes is that I dont mind if they are not 100% as long as they are aware where my aircraft is and know where STATIC aircraft and ground vehicles are otherwise any software will generate ther view from the user that it is faulty and the results are not that good 

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I noted three 3d modeled traffic systems, the others are virtual ATC data systems. Navigraph supplies real world route and service data for virtual uses like for online users and radar screens. These virtual routes don't need airport info or actual ground routes to work because they are not required to move objects around...  so their is a significant difference, however the new "Global Traffic" app may be interesting because it may bring both elements together in using he 3d aircraft, and the route navigraph data for their use.  SD

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