TCAS

What does it look like? Does it work?

LiveTraffic's aircraft can be made available on your plane's TCAS and to other plugins, e.g. to display them on maps. Since X-Plane 11.50b8 there is a new dedicated mechanism for this purpose called TCAS Override. This new approach makes workarounds like configuring AI aircraft superflous and allows to report up to 63 aircraft as compared to previously 19.

In earlier X-Plane versions (i.e. up to 11.41), LiveTraffic falls back to the previous way of emulating TCAS, which will require you to set up AI Aircraft in X-Plane's aircraft settings.

Here are 4 screenshots showing off the functionality of TCAS and multiplayer planes:

TCAS, Map, Little Navmap, FS Tramp
Many Many TCAS blibs
Near Hit
Very Close
TCAS, Map, Little Navmap, FS Tramp
Left: FS Tramp, Little NavMap, Right: X-Plane's internal Map and TCAS on Garmin

3rd party tools FSTramp and Little Navmap showing (up to 19) multiplayer planes, while X-Plane's internal map and TCAS implementation in the Garmin G1000 show all traffic.

Many Many TCAS blibs
Uncounted TCAS blibs on X-Plane's standard Garmin (Cirrus Vision SF50)

Showing off TCAS Override with uncounted (clearly more than 19) TCAS blibs...while there were no AI Aircraft configured.

Near Hit
TCAS display of Cirrus SF-50

What a dangerous situation looks like with another plane approaching and nearly hitting you...bad piloting skills 🤫

Very Close
TCAS display of Cirrus SF-50

What a dangerous situation looks like with another plane approaching and nearly hitting you...bad piloting skills 🤫

Does it work?

This list bases on feedback before introduction of TCAS Override. Consider it indicative only at the moment. TCAS Override has been designed with plugins using the classic multiplayer approach in mind, so one should expect that all implementations, which worked previously, will still work. But there are no guarantees as there might be sideeffects of the new way.

The following feedback I received. The last column "Uses TCAS Targets" tells you what we know about if that plane/tool is already adapted to use the up to 63 TCAS targets as data source, ideally with a specific versions since when it works.

Aircraft / Other Tool

OK?

X-Plane

OS

Uses TCAS Targets

Laminar Cirrus SF-50

Cessna Skyhawk (G1000)

OK

10+11

Win+Mac

Yes, XP11.50b8

Rotate MD-88

OK

11

Mac

FlyJSim 732

OK

11

Win+Mac

Zibo mod B737

OK

11

Win

IXEG 737

OK

11

Win

Flight Factor A320

OK

11

Win

Reality XP GTN 650+750

OK

& Not OK

11

Win

X-TCAS (planes based on it)

OK

11

Win

X-Plane's internal map

OK

10+11

Win+Mac+Linux

Yes, XP11.50b8

Little Navmap (config)

OK

10+11

Win+Mac

No

Pilot 2 ATC

OK

11

Win

No & read note *)

FSTramp

OK

11

Win

No

ABC - A Better Circle

OK

11

Win+Mac

No

*) For Pilot2ATC there are reports that it would show no planes when no AI Aircraft are configured. This seems to be a bug in XPUIPC, which is used to connect Pilot2ATC to X-Plane. Until that is fixed you need to have AI Aircraft configured when Pilot2ATC starts up.