Welcome to the best ATC Experience Imaginable!

  1. How does it work?
  2. What kinds of ATC services are supported?
  3. How much does it cost?
  4. Why are you charging a subscription fee?
  5. What can I expect?
  6. Is there a free version?
  7. Does this work in VR?
  8. I don't want to pay a monthly subscription, what are my options?
  9. What airplanes does this work with?
  10. What simulators are supported?
  11. I'm new to aviation radio comms. Will this work for me?
  12. What is "student pilot mode"?
  13. What coverage is provided?
  14. What about towers that are only open during certain times of the day?
  15. How accurate is it?
  16. How many voices are there?
  17. What about airports with custom procedures?

How does it work?

SayIntentions.AI is a combination of multiple AI platforms, combined with our own proprietary secret sauce that not only ties all these platforms together, but also provides the logic and rigidity needed for ATC. This means you get a (mostly) realistic VFR experience, just like a real world pilot!

What kinds of ATC services are supported?

VFR is fully supported inside the United States. IFR is currently about 40% done, but it's "done enough" that you can use it for most phases of flight (arrival/descent are still in progress). Support for countries outside the United States is about 75% completed right now, with some work needing to be done on region-specific procedures.

We support all aspects of general aviation VFR, including Class-B clearances, VFR transition routes, flight followings, traffic advisories, and pretty much anything else you can imagine.

We also support full SimBrief integration for IFR flight planning, handoffs, radar services, and a million other things.

How much does it cost?

While we're in our "paid-beta" stage (which we will be for a while), the price will be $29.95/mo (or $295/yr).

Our goal is to keep the price as minimal as possible. We'd prefer to avoid a monthly subscription as much as everyone else, but modern AI stacks all come with usage-based pricing. We use multiple AI platforms and vendors to complete the (insanely good) experience, but this also means that we incur cost every time you fly. However, we are committed to two things. (1) We have no intentions of getting wealthy from this project. Our goal is to cover our costs, and maybe give us enough leftover to buy a new scenery pack from the marketplace every now and again. (2) We will continue to lower the price as the costs of these services decrease.

We recognize that a subscription may not be for everyone, but in order to keep our pricing simple and predictable, we feel like this is the best possible option.

Why are you charging a subscription fee?

We've carefully considered our pricing strategy to ensure the best balance of value, predictability, and innovation for our users. Our decision to opt for a subscription model stems from several key factors:

  1. Comprehensive Solution Beyond GPT-4: Our service is not solely reliant on GPT-4; it constitutes about 50% of our capability. We integrate multiple AI technologies and cloud-based application logic, facilitating rapid innovation. This holistic approach significantly enhances our service's capabilities, and it means our customers get improvements pretty much daily.
  2. Simplification and Predictability: While allowing users to bring their own API keys was considered, this approach introduces complexity and unpredictability in pricing. Our goal is to offer a straightforward and consistent cost structure. Additionally, at least one of the AI services we use has a minimum monthly spend, which is nearly as much as our monthly subscription. This means "bringing your own keys" would actually be more expensive for all of our pilots.
  3. Pricing Choices: We carefully considered two main options for our pricing structure:
    • Metered Service: Pay-as-you-go, billed by usage.
    • Monthly Subscription: A flat, regular fee.
    Despite the common preference for pay-per-use models, extensive market research and consumer behavior studies consistently reveal a preference for subscription models due to their predictability and ease of budgeting. This trend is evident in the widespread adoption of subscription services across various industries, (Netflix, Amazon Prime, AppleCare, and thousands of other consumer-based services have all moved to subscription based pricing for the same reasons. Even premium ATC services, staffed by humans, are based on a flat-fee subscription).
  4. Why Not on Your PC?: Our service is designed for cloud operations, not only for performance and rapid innovation but also to safeguard our technology. Running it on individual PCs isn't feasible with our current setup. Even 1,000 PCs couldn't run this product.
  5. Choice and Alternatives: We understand that subscriptions might not be everyone's preference. If you're looking for a PC-based solution, there are plenty already available that could be explored, including the ATC built into MSFS. However, many find these alternatives lacking compared to our offering, which only highlights the value and uniqueness of our approach.

Final Thoughts: We believe our subscription model aligns with the needs and preferences of most of our customers, mirroring the convenience and reliability of other popular services. However, we respect the diversity in consumer preferences. If our model doesn't align with your needs, we encourage you to choose a service that fits your pricing model. Your feedback is always valuable to us.

Note that if your ATC provider can install and run on your local computer, OR charges a one-time fee, then it's NOT AI. Nobody can do what we do.

What can I expect?

We entered this project with two really important design principles:

First, the experience needs to work without the need for a GUI, or keyboard input. PPilots in the real world have only a transmit button. We should work the same way. This means you can minimize SayIntentions (put it into the background), and interact with ATC just like you do in the real world. That said, we do have a GUI that many pilots choose to leave on top, as it provides lots of great situational awareness, should you want it as an extra aid.

Second, if something is done a certain way in the real world, we should be making every possible effort to make SayIntentions work the same way. This includes a controller working with a pilot who doesn't do things exactly right, responding to custom requests, and making sure that the ATC can handle any VFR scenario, even if it's not something we explicitly programmed it to handle.

Is there a free version?

Sort of.. We offer a free 24-hour, no restrictions trial. Fly any airplane, anywhere. (Just keep in mind that support for airports outside the U.S. is experimental, and support for IFR is in extremely early stages).

Does this work in VR?


I don't want to pay a monthly subscription, what are my options?

Unfortunately, not much. Between the next-gen AI, cloud infrastructure, and the neural voices, this platform isn't cheap to operate. While we'll never be able to offer anything except a monthly subscription, if the monthly cost is too high for your budget, keep checking back. The good news is that the prices continue to drop every few months. As the service gets cheaper to run, we'll keep lowering our prices.

Note that there are plenty of cheaper, or free alternatives out there that might be a better fit for you.

What airplanes does this work with?

This works with ANY aircraft.

What simulators are supported?

MSFS 2020 is fully supported, and we have plans to fully support MSFS 2024 as well.

I'm new to aviation radio comms. Will this work for me?

YES! The great thing about SayIntentions.AI is that there's no real person on the other end who expects that you know what you're doing. This is a GREAT way to learn without the pressure or anxiety associated with talking to real humans.

It's designed to let you do things your own way if you want. For example, if you're talking to the ground controller and request a takeoff clearance, you'll probably get it. This allows for people who just want to pretend like they're talking to ATC to still hage fun, on their own terms.

That said, you'll have the best experience if you follow real-world comms. For example, at a busy airport, you (1) Dial up ATIS, set your altimeter, note the letter. (2) Call clearance (skip this if your airport doesn’t have clearance), (3) call ground for taxi, (4) contact tower once you’re at the hold short point, (5) take your handoff to departure, etc.

If you have absolutely no idea how to do any of this, or what to say, the results are going to be a little more unpredictable. (That said, it’ll sure try to accommodate).

What is "student pilot mode"?

We believe ATC services should be useful (and fun) for all skill levels. Student pilot mode makes ATC A little more verbose, and a little more patient, to give you a little extra help. For example, if you're departing under flight following, you'll normally be told "Contact Departure". (You already wrote down your departure frequency, right? so you don't need it.). However, if student pilot mode is enabled, you'll be told, "Contact departure on xyz.ab"). A little extra help.

Similar for situations like a clearance readback. Normally you are expected to know that you need to read-back the full clearance. With student-pilot mode enabled, it will end with "Please read back your clearance". Another example is that in student-pilot mode, controllers will mention the run-up and such.

It's a setting in the app. BUT ALSO.. if you don't have that enabled, and you tell ATC at ANY POINT during your flight that you are a student pilot, it will enable that mode for you. Example: Ground, Skyhawk 123AZ is a student pilot at the general aviation ramp, ready to taxi with information golf.

Student pilot mode is enabled BY DEFAULT. If you don't want it on, you need to turn it off in the app settings.

We're open to any and all opportunities to make "student pilot" mode even better. Our goal is to continue to make ATC LESS verbose than it is right now, unless you're in student pilot mode.

Experienced pilots definitely will NOT want this on.

What coverage is provided?

The entire United States is supported. (Basically, any airport under the control of the FAA).

Support for countries outside the U.S. is about 80% finished. All world-wide airports are available, including all runways, airspaces, and frequencies. MOST things work outside the U.S., with the exception of some region-specific phraseology and procedures, which we're adding and should be "mostly done" over the next few weeks.

We support all towered airports in class B, C, and D airspaces. For non-towered airports, you can still tune to the CTAF frequency and hear 'chatter'. We also support all TRACON (Arrival/Departure) and ARTCC (Center) positions in the United States.

The system is AI-based, and is available 24x7x365, with the exception of any downtime for system mainteance and such.

What about towers that are only open during certain times of the day?

SayIntentions.AI ignores staffing schedules and assumes all towers are open 24x7.

How accurate is it?

To be extremely clear, this is NOT "study-level" ATC. While it's awfully good, you will occasionally experience some weirdness (bad taxi instructions, for example), or it may ask you to do something that's not 100% correct according to standard guidelines. We watch the logs constantly and are regularly improving the system. We are committed to making the experience as realistic as possible, but we also know that we will never achieve full "study level".

If you want study-level ATC, we strongly recommend PilotEdge. It's amazing, and worth every penny!

How many voices are there?

Right now we have about 25 voices available in English, and another 15 voices EACH in German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Swedish, and Portuguese. (Yes.. ATC speaks and understands ALL of those languages!). We're adding more voices all the time.

We also have multiple "celebrity" controllers (such as "Kennedy Steve", the ground controller at JFK), and lots of airport controllers at various fields have very unique personalities.

What about airports with custom procedures?

IFR is fairly universal and all procedures are published and known. From a technical perspective, this makes IFR fairly simple. (Implement once, and it works anywhere).

However, it turns out, there's no standard method or way that the FAA publishes this stuff for VFR flights, except on the VFR sectionals. And even then, controllers often have little nuances they'll slip in, and have favorite landmarks they like to use.

The solution is that we can inject custom instructions for any given airport. The upside to this is that it's WAY cool when you fly in/out of your favorite airport, and the procedures match what you're used to. We have over 100 "hand curatrd" airports with custom VFR procedures and reporting points, and we're adding more all the time!