It would be a huge overhaul though. It’s a text to speech technology that needs to be “trained” with enough data coming from a different styles for every airspace. That would mean we have to build a worldwide classification of every phonetic styles. And then assign those specific styles to each ATC frequency.
Not to mention, we have to make it dynamic. Meaning each style needs to be able to pronounce every single world combinations correctly according to their styles. This would also need to be able to pronounce the flight numbers too. What’s the difference on how to say a flight number 1 versus if someone were to put flight number 0913751039471.
On top of that, it would also need to have both male and female voices, with multiple voice actors for each genders doing the recording. Also, for every style at different parts of the worlds have their own accents. That would require additional number of voice actors recording their voices for every single combinations of letters, flight numbers, and instructions.
In the end, it would be trilions and quadrillions of different voice combinations being recorded for every single scenarios and ATC instructions. It doesn’t feel like an overhaul… It feels like we’re trying to redesign the entire automated ATC which if we want it to be so advanced that it could actually Automate ATC in real life.
What happens if an AT controller who is trained in Brazil were to move to the US and become an AT controller there? Would they need to be retrained to use the US style instead. Or could it be an individual style thing, which means every person has their own different way of pronouncing it, as long as they’re correct so to speak.
I mean, I’m not a pilot so I’m not really familiar with all of this, which is why I never really see the ATC issue that big of a deal for me. But I guess pilots who are much more familiar with their own airspace would easily realise there’s an issue. But then again, everyone would be saying it’s an issue since every pilot and ATC from every parts of the world using MSFS would always think it’s wrong.
I can’t think of a way to satisfy everyone in this case… Unless we spent another few billion dollars on that automated ATC project I mentioned above just for a Windows 10 flight simulator app.