Think you have what it takes to be an air traffic controller? Before you’re responsible for hundreds of lives, you should test your flight controlling skills with NASA’s latest iOS app, Sector 33.

Sector 33 is a game similar to Flight Control, but a bit more realistic. You are a controller in charge of flights into SFO via Modesto, California. Your job is navigate the flights along their flight path and merge them into a single flight stream with the correct spacing. You can change the speed and the flight path for each plane to avoid collisions. The game follows standard flight rules, so you can’t get too close. At the same time, you have to keep them close enough together so they hit their targets at the correct distance. It’s harder than it sounds.

The game has several levels that let you control up to five planes at a time. The better and faster you fly, the more points you earn. You get points for each level you complete and points for different certification levels. To make things even more difficult, there are obstacles like thunderstorms that can get in your way.

The game play is much different from Flight Control. In Sector 33, things are much more controlled. There’s a set path for the planes to follow and a set solution for each level. The game plays more like a puzzle than a free-form game like Flight Control which lets you fly planes in any direction you want. The graphics are basic and, though it’s not an accurate representation, the game has the look and feel of a radar system.

If you’re interested in planes and flying, you should check out Sector 33. It’s a universal app that’s available for free in the iOS Store.

Daily iPad App: Sector 33 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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