I now tried both P2A and PF3 and honestly…both ■■■■. A lot.
The usability of both is straight from the 90s. Unintuitive and both horrible ugly UIs. Way to many niche options that are not needed in 99% of cases but clutter the whole ui.
Both are expensive and P2A doesn’t even offer emergencies. This is a feature that is scheduled to be added since 2018 appearently. Pf3 has no Navigraph integration which is baffling and has such a convoluted stupid hotkey system that I am not sure if it is funny or sad.
And on top of that this hotkey system can only understand a US keyboard layout.
As much as the default atc sucks it does the whole UI thing SO much better especially when using VR.
Pf3 has a 192 page manual and can’t assign approaches automatically because it doesn’t know any.
According to the Q&A it can take quite a while until the default ATC will be improved in a meaningful way but I will probably stay with it until then.
And I really wanted to like at least one of those programs, but as good as the devs might be at programming the core atc itself, they have absolutly no clue regarding usability and ui design.
I guess for that to change new devs need to start like WT and flybywire and the old sims have to die.