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  2. I been wanting to make a VSO depicting the Navy... How would I make one
  3. I also found that Swift does not pick up my mic either.
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  5. The VATSIM Membership Department is seeking applications for the position of VATSIM Data Audit Manager. VATSIM Data Audit Managers audit the VATSIM membership database to detect any irregularities, such as duplicate accounts or other violations of the Code of Conduct, Code of Regulations or the User Agreement. Daily auditing is vital for the protection of the VATSIM network and its members. The primary responsibilities of the position include: Completing the full audit procedure each day you are assigned to work Any other tasks assigned by the Vice President of Membership or Data Audit Team Leader Position requirements: Be at least 21 years of age at the time of application Be a member of the VATSIM network for no less than 24 months at the time of application Have a clean VATSIM record for no less than 12 months at the time of application Have a good knowledge of VATSIM policies, especially the VATSIM Code of Conduct, VATSIM Code of Regulations and VATSIM Data Protection & Handling Policy Have proficient English oral and written communication skills Comfortable working with spreadsheets Commit to working 2-3 days per week, 1 hour each day The ideal candidate should: Hold a VATSIM ATC rating of Senior Student (S3) or higher Hold a VATSIM pilot rating of P0 or higher Have previous experience in analysing data Any questions should be sent via email to [email protected] As part of your application, you must provide a letter of recommendation from a Division level or higher VATSIM staff member. Make sure your referee knows who you are and is willing to provide a reference. After an initial scanning of the applications, suitable candidates may be contacted for a comprehensive interview. Submit your application at https://my.vatsim.net/vacancies/. Applications made via other channels will not be considered.
  6. Its a great idea, but may require a bit of work on the pilot client side and may involve quite a bit of effort since there are multiple clients after all
  7. Dear friends, In our ATC clients, we have the .break command to alert adjacent controllers that we are on break - i.e. not accepting handoffs, about to close, or going AFK for a short moment. Once the .break command is used, the controller is highlighted in the ATC's controller list as being on break. I was wondering if there would be value in making this highlighted state also visible to pilots in their pilot clients, that way pilots might know not to call at that very moment, or at least have an idea why they are not receiving a response to their call (especially on, say, a 30-60 second bathroom break). I wanted to start this discussion because I've had this idea in the back of my mind since I became a VATSIM ATC about 8 years ago, and now I would like to hear your thoughts on this as well. Thank you for your time,
  8. I noticed MHCC_CTR is online (and highlighted) on Vatprism and on Simaware at the moment. But anyway, you can submit changes to the VATSPY Data Project (which in turn will also update Vatprism and, I think, Simaware) here: https://github.com/vatsimnetwork/vatspy-data-project Nice to see you around, Greg 😄 Until next time,
  9. Hello, my MSFS starts lagging after connecting to VATSIM via vPilot. This does not have anything to do with my previous post, I have solved the problem from there, which ended up not being caused by vPilot. Ive did a flight after fixing it, on the 28th Sep, and it went perfectly. The issue from that post also did not affect my FPS, just the aircraft model - Here it does affect my FPS, and by quite a bit. Here is all the Info Ive gathered about the problem at hand: The lag starts right after a vPilot connection is initiated and stops right after disconnection The problem did not occur on the 28th September, but it did on the 2nd of October, inbetween those 2 dates I have not changed anything in MSFS - Ive installed no addons, Ive changed no settings [I am pretty sure WU11 was issued in the time though, if it was we have a starting point for fixing the issue] When disabling aircraft in the setting (that is setting Maximum aircraft displayed to 0), the simulator starts stuttering a bit which did not happen [on flights] before [this one] - so I dont think the problem fully lies on aircraft rendering When aircraft are enabled in the setting (that is setting Maximum aircraft displayed to >0), the simulator starts lagging and stuttering quite a lot which also did not happen [on flights] before [this one] On both of those occasions the only major change when looking at the MSFS Dev FPS Display, outside of the FPS itself, seems to be a lot more red lines on the FPS Line Graph which Im assuming means more dropped frames The lag seems not to occur when the outside world is NOT in view - so the FPS stays normal (compared to vPilot disconnected) when the camera is fully facing a part of the aircraft cockpit (ex. Overhead Panel) The lag does not seem to be dependent on the aircraft (tested with B737, B747 and A320), even though the 737 seems to be the most affected - but that could be a cause of its FPS being lower in general in comparison to other aircraft The lag is not dependent on the airport, it is observed whether I spawn at a small, big, addon, premium or default airport I have tried emptying my Community folder to no luck I have not had any programs (outside of the ones in the background, that I also had open on every other flight session) open during the testing Nothing stands out when looking at the Task Manager - when vPilot is connected there is only a small change in the CPU Usage, there doesnt seem to be a memory leak... The CPU and GPU Usage of MSFS2020 also seem to be unaffected by it (kind of hard to tell for GPU though because it already hovers in the high 90s area), and in general the stats given in Task Manager seem to be similar for both as they were on previous flights
  10. I can tell you that understaffing during major events (e.g. FNOs, Cross The Pond) pushed me to take a similar course many times.... Put a trainee up in a position we needed badly to be staffed but wasn't so crazy-busy that they'd be crushed, and within 10 minutes working major event level traffic, these guys were performing, not perfectly, but much better than if they had "just a normal" practical test. They rose to the occasion, the facility was staffed well enough, a shiny new certification and/or was earned, and the entire network benefitted. For anyone reading, if you haven't considered it, try it. Chances are, everyone will win.
  11. Perhaps I may be a bit biased 🙂 , but though I may have agreed with the "BoG sleeping" argument many years ago (no slight meant to those who were in place back then), I can tell you that these days there are quite frequent and fruitful discussions regarding trying to find the right balance between quantity and quality to dramatically improve both recruiting and retention. The challenge, of course, is that there are a LOT of variables in play... Which means a lot of variables to tweak. We're also trying to be more agile as well. We're not perfect, but we are a lot faster at tweaking and reacting than we have been in the past. We've accomplished a lot as a network in the past few years and endured a lot (think dramatic influx of people due to the pandemic and MSFS, as examples) as well. The current BoG is paying close attention to driving the right quality/quantity balance to dramatically improve controller retention, mainly through raising overall pilot quality and capability amidst the changing demographics (based on the above factors, generational differences/expectations, etc.).
  12. Installed vPilot today and I found that vPilot does not pick up any mic sound. My mic works just fine in other applications. ATC Responded Carrier only, no voice. I am running vPilot in admin, and have made sure all the privacy settings are set correctly. Windows settings also shows that my mic is currently in use by vPilot. I am using a HyperX Cloud Headset. Edit: If I hit my mic i can see the bar go up on the settings.
  13. I think you have to look at the history: Why did one organization split into two: IVAO and VATSIM? All the arguments given by TIm is an almost 1-to-1 copy of those arguments from the past. VATSIM chose to focus on quality rather than quantity. If you like to use the sim as a game, then IVAO is arguable the better choise. If you are more serious with your hobby, then I prefer VATSIM. A number of reasons why VATSIM needs more controllers are given. And it would really be nice, if we had more controllers (and more pilots btw.). But as mentioned countless of times these are hard to get (or perhaps rather maintain). When looking at many of the contributers in this thread, I regrettably see some, who use harse words on the BoG, attacking the policy, but have not contributed with a lot of controlling time, inspite having a controller rating. Perhaps they should start controlling and give some room for the guys, who both mentor and control. It's far to easy to come with statements as " The controllers went left into "we going to try to be just like IRL controllers" land. The pilots went right into "I've worked all week, now I'm going to enjoy my hobby that's not my job" land. The BoG's stopped at the rest area just before the fork in the road, and took a nap." Perhaps that kind of attitude is reason 347.
  14. Last year MHTG_CTR's (CENTRAL AMERICA FIR) callsign was changed (both in the real and on VATSIM) to MHCC_CTR. Anyhow, it is not showing up or "highlighting" lately. I would really appreciate any support to get this updated. Much appreciated,
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  16. Really? Reason number 347 why controller progression, and retention, is an issue; this kind of attitude.
  17. Hey, I ended up solving it. I noticed that the "lag" starts after I set the Parking Break, but only when Im connected with vPilot. Im still not 100% about the case but I think it was the sim. To set my parking brake on the 737 I use * and - (Hold Toe Breaks) and then Ctrl + , (Set Parking Break) to actually set it. The problem seemed to be that Ctrl + - (Minus for Knobs in MSFS) was also being activated because of - being held for the toe brake. After removing the Ctrl + - binding, the sim did not start lagging after setting the parking break anymore. I guess that MSFS didnt like Ctrl + , and Ctrl + - being pressed at the same time, but the fact that it only happens with vPilot is weird.
  18. Hello flight simmers, I am Jerry, the founder of Hazel Air Virtual(HZA), and I have some very exciting news to announce to the wonderful community of flight simmers. Registration Information: Just under 2 hours ago(at the time of writing), HZA started accepting pilot registrations for pilots to settle down and get ready for our first route addition on October 15th, 2022. We believe that allowing pilots to join before operation even starts can seriously help the pilots familiarize themselves with the company policies and our crew management system, vAMSYS. Our Routes: Throughout the day of October 15th, 2022, our system will roll out over 50 initial routes that could be flown by our pilots, including 8 Cross Atlantic flights. On October 22nd, we will roll out 20+ other flights to our network, further enhancing our route network. Events: Flight Sim wouldn't be fun without flying with others. We have 5 events planned out for the month of October, and these events includes VATSIM CTP, European Focus Airport Event, Hazel Cross(our own version of CTP and CTL, happening around one week after VATSIM CTP/CTL designed to bring pilots back to where they started their VATSIM CTP from), Airport Madness | KLAX, and Great America Trans-Continental(designed to bring pilots from west coast to boston to get ready for VATSIM CTP). All of our events will reward participating pilots with extra pirep points to help them achieve their next rank faster. Ranking Up: We have a pretty unique ranking up process: We go by flight hours and flight points. Each accepted flight PIREP will earn both flight hours and flight points, and a certain amount of both are required for ranking up. Our rank manual describes the requirement of the rank very clearly. What make us UNIQUE: Dispatch SYSTEM for Hoppies ACARS compatible addons - We have 4 type of TELEX message that will be sent Per flight, increasing the realism. Our Area Manager application is always open to eligible members In-house dispatch center software that is available to HZA members only and allows approved members of our community to act as dispatch personal working for HZA. This also uses Hoppie's ACARS to send Dispatch Messages. Free resources for every pilot, including free training based on trainers availability Communication through our forums and discord, making community help much easier How to join: Pilot Registration open now, check out our website: https://hazelair.ml for more information and instructions on how to sign up. Please join our Discord(highly recommended), for up to date information and help from the community. Thank you for choosing HZA! Sincerely, Jerry Z. Founder of Hazel Air Virtual Hazel Air Virtual is a virtual airline based in Boston, MA with operations to airports in the US and internationally.
  19. In my opinion, it wouldn't be incorrect behavior. As I mentioned before, I think the variable was poorly-named. It should have been named "COM RECEIVE BOTH". That's how it was actually implemented in older sims, because older sims only supported two radios in terms of the available simconnect variables. In older sims, even if an aircraft developer supported three radios in the aircraft panel, simconnect would only support two, so the developer had no choice but to set COM RECEIVE ALL to 1 when only COM1 and COM2 were enabled. That scenario demonstrates that the variable is poorly named and the actual meaning of the variable is "both COM1 and COM2 are enabled for receive". That's why I think MSFS devs should maintain that behavior and it should be documented that the is is poorly named. I realize that this is a matter of opinion, and my opinion is colored by the fact that I write software that works across all simconnect sims. New developers on the scene who have no experience with older sims will obviously have a different opinion and won't be concerned with backward compatibility. I'd like to see the COM RECEIVE ALL variable documented as legacy and deprecated, since MSFS has separate vars for the receive state of each radio. There is no ambiguity in using those vars. Anyway, like I said, at some point I'll update vPilot to ignore the COM RECEIVE ALL var when the sim is MSFS, and just read the COM RECEIVE:1 and COM RECEIVE:2 vars.
  20. MSFS supports 3 Radios .. Seems weird that you would expect New planes in a New Sim to implement incorrect behaviour for the purpose of supporting older applications. integration software has to update with SDKs and APIs.. Things move forward and with the updates in MSFS you can't just set that Variable. You have to set all to receive which means enabling a Radio that user is not enabling on their audio panel at that time... Some Planes in MSFS don't have the buttons to enable COM3 so they won't have that workaround available to them. I can always work around it with hardware or scripts that will turn it on for me if Both 1 and 2 are on.. Not everyone has that option...
  21. Hello Jonathan, You would need to completely disable the second monitor in your Windows display settings. If that monitor is still physically connected but not turning on, Windows will still send xPilot to that second screen. You have to configure Windows back to a single display setup. This will revert all applications back to the single display. After you open and close the applications on the single display, Windows will remember this new placement. Then, after a new monitor is connected to your computer, you can start moving the applications back to the second monitor one by one. This exact scenario happened to me before, which is why I'm recommending this. It may or may not work in your case, but if definitely worked for me. Uninstalling and reinstalling xPilot did not work. Windows kept sending xPilot to the dead second monitor until I performed the single display setup.
  22. I think you've summed it up nicely. VATSIM reached a fork in the road about 15 years ago. The controllers saw it, the pilots saw it, but the BoG's did not see it. The controllers went left into "we going to try to be just like IRL controllers" land. The pilots went right into "I've worked all week, now I'm going to enjoy my hobby that's not my job" land. The BoG's stopped at the rest area just before the fork in the road, and took a nap. The further these forks in the road diverge, the worse it is for VATSIM, and the community at large. You mention survivorship at it's best. I agree. That's what I meant by VATSIM controller training being like a frat house. "I got hazed, so you're gonna get hazed" mentality. Nobody wants to be the last group to get hazed, and not be able to pass it forward......Hahahahaha. I think from now on, I'm going to refer to VATSIM as ΒΑΤΣΙΜ. Come pledge Beta Alpha Tau! Look at it like this. Over the past 15 years, the pilots skills, expectations, wants, and needs, haven't changed much, if any. Over the past 15 years, the controllers skills, expectations, wants, and needs, have changed, moving to an ultra realistic, labor intensive, attempt at replicating the IRL airspace system. The only way to close this gap, is to make the controller side of the equation more hobby-centric, less an attempt at replication of the IRL airspace system, and more accessible to hobbyists that want to control.....like it used to be. TL;DR version: The further away from each other that the controllers, and pilots get, based on what they want from VATSIM, and the hobby in general, the worse things will get.
  23. Jesus Christ on a pony. I almost fell off my chair when I read this. I've been preaching this for two years! Let me tell you a story Don. I personally witnessed this. I was at an ARTCC during an event observing. The event was understaffed. There was a kid who still hadn't passed S1 observing as well. The tower and ground controller knew him somewhat well, and were making fun of him for it, mostly joking around. The tower and ground controllers then started badgering him to work DEL, even though he wasn't certified. They were relentless. At one point, the kid disco'd, and left the event because of pressure to work the event. He came back, and to shut them up agreed to work DEL, but only if the CIC of the event signed off on it. The CIC did. This kid then started on the DEL position, and after about 10 minutes of in the moment mentoring from tower and ground, was up to speed. He made a few mistakes, but they were learning moments, in the moment. He ended up doing a very good job. It was a great example of giving people the basics, then doing OTJ training. That type of experience appeared to be more rewarding to the kid, who was gushing about how enjoyable it was after the fact, and it also appeared to be less work, and more fun for the two "mentors in the moment" controllers.
  24. The VATSIM Membership Department is seeking applications for the position of VATSIM Membership Manager. VATSIM Membership Managers provide one-on-one assistance to VATSIM members in membership related matters through the VATSIM Membership Department Help Desk ticket system. Primarily, this includes helping members with topics such as account reactivations, password issues, or other account specific matters. The primary responsibilities of the position include: Providing one on one assistance to VATSIM members in membership related matters through the VATSIM Membership Department Help Desk ticket system. Any other tasks assigned by the VATSIM Vice President of Membership and his designee(s) Position requirements: Be at least 21 years of age at the time of application Be a member of the VATSIM network for no less than 24 months at the time of application Have a clean VATSIM record for no less than 12 months at the time of application Have a good knowledge of VATSIM policies, especially the VATSIM Code of Conduct, VATSIM Code of Regulations and VATSIM Data Protection & Handing Policy Have proficient English oral and writted communication skills Be able to dedicate an average of 30 minutes per day to the role Commit to work tickets an average of 5-7 days per week The ideal candidate should: Hold a VATSIM ATC rating of Senior Student (S3) or higher Hold a VATSIM pilot rating of P0 or higher Have previous experience in a customer service type position Applications should please be sent via e-mail to Samuel Julnes, Membership Manager Team Lead at [email protected] and CC Alan Cooke, VATSIM Vice President of Membership, at [email protected], by no later than 31st October 2022. As part of their application the applicants are asked to provide a VATSIM related C.V., a brief narrative describing their interest in VATSIM Membership Department work and a letter of recommendation from a Division level or higher VATSIM staff member. After an initial scanning of the applications, suitable candidates may be contacted for a comprehensive interview. Thank you for your interest!
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