I’ve never liked using sim ATC… It’s always a bit off and would require a lot of work to become more realistic. And it’s probably not the priority at the moment, especially considering that you already have alternatives to the sim ATC.
I tried to completely disable ATC in the settings. The problem is that when you do that, you cannot receive the ATIS anymore in the sim, which is the only thing I use. So I had to keep it.
It would be great if Asobo could allow the ATIS to remain enabled if you decide not to use the ATC.
As to the ATC biased towards FAA/US phraseology, I think they should have made things slightly different:
- either consider that they cannot replicate all the national differences all around the world, and go with the official, standard ICAO phraseology.
- either try to replicate some of the national differences, but in that case the task is much more complex… In that case, for example, instead of “Flight following” in Europe it should be “Flight Information Service”. Or “Line up and wait” as it was said earlier in this post.