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  1. It appears that SIMBRIEF gives a route based on popularity, which is not nessasarily the best option. As controller in Denmark I've seen an increasing number of pilots flying e.g. EHAM - EKCH on the route : EHAM - ANDIK - N873 - BAVTA - T56 - TESPI - EKCH, which is the first route to popup, when using SIMBRIEF. While this is a valid route, it is NOT the most convinient route neither seen from a pilot's perspective nor from atc's. A better choice is number 2 in the list of suggested route: EHAM -ANDIK N873 JUIST DOSUR P729 TUDLO - EKCH From an atc's point of view the latter route gives a better flow into EKCH as you don't have to merge the planes normally using TESPI arrivals into EKCH ( arr. from W and NW) with planes coming from SW. IRL the first route will also penetrated areas with a lot of military activity as seen below, so you might get reroutes. A better choice is to have a look at RW route usage and implement it in you planning, instead of relying of what "others" (at vatsim) has done. Nobody said flightplanning is easy. Happy flying
    4 points
  2. This is a virtual ATC from Italy. I'm glad that isn't something which happen only in my airspace. The Italy Free Route Airspace have some specific rules, which some of them are really significant, others could be technically "ignored". DCT between 2 fixes could be done in my country but, ONLY if you fly above FL305, which is the border between airways airspace and free route airspace and it must be done only inside the national airspace, and with the route which will not fly too much closer and with similar direction, to the ACC borders. I saw a lot of pilots, expecially on the route between Warsaw and Roma, which use a route from simbrief which use a direct between two fixes, but it pass over the border between Italy and Croatia Airspace for 2 times, which make this route not valid. If we could definetely ignore that a pilot doesn't use the right waypoints for his/her flight to a destination which is a big airport, some mistakes required without exception a replanning from the ATC. Of course, everyone can make mistakes, luckly ATC can help you when is the case 🙂
    2 points
  3. By all means, advise the controller that you're not ready yet. If you're not ready, it's not safe to fly! So even if it's busy, you have to configure what you have to configure. You can say something like, we'll be ready in a minute. Just don't enter the runway.
    2 points
  4. From my experience flying in VATUSA you acknowledge the PDC by inserting the squawcode in your transponder, as proof of you've read and approved the PDC. No need for any other code unlike the TMI for Oceanic clearences. Welcome to VATSIM
    2 points
  5. ive noticed some real world airline pilots/twitch streamers will use the fms' cdu scratchpad to copy down clearances (in some sort of shorthand) so that may work for you in VR
    2 points
  6. There's no real proven method to get better at ATC communications other than experience. What I would recommend is to bite the bullet and start doing some flights under voice comms, but just make sure you are starting in regions where there are controllers but not too many planes -- where a few "say again"s won't bother anybody. The more you do it, the better you get at knowing what to expect next, which makes comprehending the radio transmissions a lot easier.
    2 points
  7. Hi all, For quite a while, I've been wanting to expand vPilot's model matching capabilities. Currently, it looks at the first three characters of the callsign to determine the airline. This works well for most situations, but there are some cases where the callsign prefix doesn't correctly identify which airline should be shown on the model, such as when a regional airline is flying for a mainline airline. For example, if the callsign is RPA123, the callsign prefix (RPA) doesn't indicate which mainline airline the pilot is flying for, and it could be Delta, American, or United. vPilot supports the ability to map a flight number range to a specific model, and this covers most of the regional airline situations. However, this flight number functionality is only available if you load a custom VMR file. vPilot's automatic model scanning does not support the flight number range capability. Since the FLAi project was shut down, model matching has been back to the way it was before FLAi ... it's a bit of a free-for-all, and you don't get decent model matching unless you make your own VMR file, or you use a model set that vPilot "knows about" such as the World of AI models or the payware My Traffic models. This leaves P3D v5 users and MSFS users out in the cold, and they have to use third-party tools like ModelMatchingMagic in order to get decent model matching. I want the process to be more automatic. To that end, I'm considering two major changes to improve the model matching process: First, I would expand the Connect window so that you enter not only your callsign and aircraft type code, but you can also enter an airline code and livery code. The airline code would be optional, of course, and you would leave it blank if you're flying a General Aviation aircraft. If you're flying an airliner, you would obviously enter the ICAO airline code in the airline box. This airline code would be used by other pilots' pilot clients (not just vPilot) for the purpose of selecting a model to represent your aircraft in the other pilot's sim. This will improve model matching not just for vPilot users, but also for other pilot client users when they are displaying aircraft flown by vPilot users. If you leave the airline code blank, and your callsign looks like an airline callsign (three letters followed by one or more digits and then optionally one or two letters) then the airline code will be set equal to the first three letters of your callsign. If you fill in the livery code, that code will be sent to other pilot clients to allow for more fine-tuned model matching. Since we don't have a standardized database of livery codes, this will primarily only be useful for people that build custom VMR files for their VA. Eventually, I would like to build up an "official" database of livery codes, and provide a list of those codes in a dropdown for the user to choose from. This list would be filtered based on the aircraft type code and airline code that was entered. This would allow pilots to specify that they are flying the "Mosaic" livery for JetBlue, or the Fox livery for Frontier, or the Shamu livery for Southwest, to name a few examples. We could also establish standard livery codes for GA aircraft in order to represent the colors in the paint scheme more accurately. When you fill in these fields, you will have the option of saving the aircraft details in your "hangar" for easy recall later. There will be a dropdown on the Connect window where you can choose a previously-saved aircraft. Note that the callsign would not be saved with the aircraft, as it is subject to change each time you fly any given aircraft, but vPilot will remember that last callsign you used with each aircraft and pre-fill that callsign when you select the aircraft from your hangar. I may also have vPilot remember which aircraft you selected for each flyable aircraft that you have installed in the sim, and then automatically select the appropriate aircraft from your hangar when you select an aircraft in the sim. If vPilot doesn't recognize the aircraft that you selected in the sim, the Connect window fields will be blank and you'll need to enter the data. vPilot will then remember the values that you entered for the next time you select that aircraft in the sim, even if you don't save the details as a new aircraft in your hangar. I might have vPilot pre-fill the aircraft type, airline code, and livery code if the aircraft you've selected in the sim is found in the model database. Second, I would have vPilot utilize the database of model information that the developers of swift and the community have created and given me permission to use in vPilot. vPilot already has its own database of model information, but it hasn't been updated in a long time. The swift community have done a great job of populating their model database, including many of the models that are available for MSFS. Using this database to supplement the existing model scanning process will allow vPilot to automatically identify many more of the models that you have installed in your sim, especially for MSFS users. So, that's what I'm currently considering. Please let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions for changes. Thanks!
    2 points
  8. I just put out v2.8.4, which is just a simple workaround for an issue in MSFS where the lights sometimes don't work on other aircraft. More details on the workaround can be found in my reply here: https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t/vatsim-traffic-lights-dont-sync-when-connecting/463812/102?u=btvpilot
    1 point
  9. Greetings! We are pleased to announce that the COMPREHENSIVE CHARTS UPDATE is already 25% Completed! This includes Community, Principal (I and II), and International Airports across Luzon Island. We'll keep you updated on the coming days. Visit us at https://vatphil.com/charts. Should you have any concerns, feel free to contact us through our Facebook Page or Discord Server, we will be glad to assist. For further clarifications, don't hesitate to contact Facilities Department on ([email protected]). Safe Skies!
    1 point
  10. Hi - I'm a brand new member of VATSIM. Very excited to use this service! I completed the new user orientation course, but when I tried to take the exam it was a blank page. After 15 min, it eventually timed out (while I tried to troubleshoot) and now the option to take the test is gone. I get a "Test was submitted bc you ran out of time" message. Any help that anyone can provide, I'd appreciate. Thanks!
    1 point
  11. Hello Burak. Unfortunately multiple members are affected by an error not allowing them to access myVATSIM if their accounts are inactive. Our tech team has been notified and is working on a solution to this issue. Apologies for the inconveniences caused and thank you for your patience while we work on resolving the matter.
    1 point
  12. Dear all, After having successfully passed the interviews and the vACC Elections, it is my pleasure to announce that Oskar Berenguer will be taking over the position of Spain vACC Director. Oskar had taken over the vACC ad interim before applying officially and passing the elections of the members. Please join me in congratulating Oskar on his new position!
    1 point
  13. All of the above is great, but I will also add as a Tower controller that if I give you a takeoff clearance before you even roll up on the hold-short, I'm pretty much banking on the fact that there's no inbound traffic for you to worry about -- particularly if I didn't give you a traffic point-out with the clearance. "SWA123, wind calm, runway 1 cleared for takeoff", in my opinion, generally means go whenever you're ready. "SWA123, wind calm, runway 1 cleared for takeoff, traffic on 6-mile final" generally means go ASAP because someone will be landing about 2.25 minutes from now.
    1 point
  14. I would suggest that the earlier you know you're going to need a minute, tell the controller so they can plan for it. Not great: You: [Rolling and approaching departure point] ATC: ABC123, cleared for takeoff You: Uh... I'm not really ready... I need a bit to configure ATC: [slightly exasperated, but only very slightly hopefully 🙂 ] Roger, cancel takeoff clearance, advise when ready, about how long do you need? You: Um, about 2 minutes or so Much better: You: [Rolling and approaching departure point] Tower, ABC123 will need about 2 minutes at the end ATC: ABC123, roger, thanks, advise when ready The latter takes a lot less time. In so many things aviation, ATC included, having a plan and thinking 3 steps ahead before things happen, especially when you're dealing with multiple tasks/aircraft is very important for both safety and efficiency. So ATC knowing as early as possible to plan for your delay gives them the chance to work with you as a "no problem", or a "can you move over there so I can get other traffic out" or have other departures take off from an intersection in the meantime, etc.
    1 point
  15. Good Afternoon. I wanted to give a brief update on the GCAP Project. We have heard many opinions and have many things to discuss privately both within the Board of Governors and the GCAP Panel. For now, we are closing the Public Discussion period as we reshape the policy to align with the goals of VATSIM. We will provide more information in due course.
    1 point
  16. You can get a subscription and immediately cancel it, which gives you 1 month of access. It's just not worth doing that every other month, because the monthly subscriptions are so much more expensive that you might as well get a yearly FMS-only subscription instead. But if you're OK with getting a new AIRAC only 2-3 times a year, the monthly subscriptions will be cheaper.
    1 point
  17. No that is an even worse route as it brings arriving traffic head to head with departures from EKCH over ALS. I haven't checked the validity, but it wouldn't be a choice of mine. As I said, nobody said this is easy :-) Just checked P999 is a low route (max FL245) edit2: Have checked your route with Eurocontrol and Pathfinder's route can't be used. There is a restriction saying TUDLO is unavailable into EKCH EXCEPT via TALSA P729 TUDLO. So Aero hasn't got it right.
    1 point
  18. Good Morning Andreas! Thank you…i will come to the community! Again, thanks for your help and see you soon in the virtual skies!
    1 point
  19. This will be fixed in the next version. Thanks.
    1 point
  20. The best way to get over the fear that you will make an embarrassing mistake is to just accept the fact that on the first handful of flights you make, YES, you definitely WILL make embarassing mistakes. Most of us did at first. Many of us still do, eleven years in. I pray they're less frequent than they used to be, but some days I can't be sure.
    1 point
  21. Or you can simply say, "Say again." I (and practically every controller here) have no qualms repeating myself to ensure there are no misunderstandings.
    1 point
  22. You can state your preference for text only by using /t in your flight plan. Then you would use the keyboard to send messages and you'd receive text instructions.
    1 point
  23. Okay, are you able to start MSFS "direct" without the XBox App? Try it. Although it should not make a difference, hopefully.
    1 point
  24. Hallo Stefan, xswiftbus is only required for X-Plane. MSFS should work "as is", because "Simconnect" is part of MSFS. Let me try it myself.
    1 point
  25. I will try it tomorrow and i will give you a short update then! Thank you and good night 🙋‍♂️
    1 point
  26. I don't think you can retake the test once you've passed it. But if you enjoy tests (like I do), why don't you apply for a VA that has an entrance test, or get into ATC training, there you'll have plenty of theoretical and practical tests. 😁 P.S. I joined Boston Virtual ARTCC just because I was curious to see if I could pass their entrance test. 😁
    1 point
  27. I mean, if the question is how you can update your navigation data without paying for a subscription to a navigation data service, the answer is that you can't -- not, at least, through any moral or ethical means. If the question, rather, is -- how can you fly in airspace with outdated procedures, then the answer is simply that you need to coordinate with the controllers and make sure they know that whatever you have loaded into your plane is an older version of the procedure (or that you simply don't have the one you've been assigned). That may involve being cleared to follow the outdated version, reassigned a different procedure, or, may involve flying vectors and altitudes instead. In some places, the US being one, it is still possible to fly using conventional (i.e. radio-based) navigation only -- it's getting more difficult with each passing AIRAC cycle, but it's still doable. That would require some knowledge about how that kind of navigation works, and some research on how to construct non-RNAV routing from point A to point B (because SimBrief and other online sources surely won't do it) -- but if you're into that kind of thing, it's a fun challenge to plan and execute.
    1 point
  28. Hi! I'm planning to to a trip from KTEB to EGLC soon, with the C700. I already flew from Europe to the USA offline, but know I'm planning to fly on Vatsim. So I read a lot and watched some tutorials on oceanic procedures, but a few questions remained; 1. Do I have to ask for oceanic clearance, when I'm already in oceanic airspace and the controller comes online? Or does this go like in domestic airspaces: When your in the air, asking for flightplan clearance with the tower/departure/centre frequencie is not very common. Only when still on the ground. 2. What happens right before leaving oceanic airspace? Does this happen the usual way (controller says your leaving his airspace, and gives permission to contact the next (domestic) controller or switch to unicom)? Or do I have to follow another procedure? 3. How does CPDLC work on Vatsim? After receiving the CPDLC check tone, does it work like the beep you recieve when a domestic controllers sends a private message to contact him? And does the text-communication happen via the private chat function? What can I expect? 4. Can I be called via radio any time, and do I have to request to go AFK for XX minutes when over the ocean? Or can I just take off my headset and does all communication take place via CPDLC? And do you guys have any tips on my first online transatlantic flight? Thanks a lot! 🙂 Best regards, Stefan
    1 point
  29. 1. Not really. Maybe some controllers would do a shortened one to make sure you're doing what they expect, but it's like you say, once you're in you're in. 2. Some variations occur, but none difficult. If there is an enroute controller at landfall you might get a squawk shortly before exit. You may also get handed off "manually" at or before the border, or be given an instruction similar to "at MALOV contact X on Y". Doesn't really matter, you won't have any issues. 3. CPDLC is sometimes offered (depending on whether the individual controller offers it or not) based on the Hoppie CPDLC system. If you don't have an addon aircraft which supports this natively, you can use the newly availabe EasyCPDLC beta from Joshua Seagrave: https://github.com/josh-seagrave/EasyCPDLC/releases. Also you can use the Hoppie Airborne client, but it is rather old and finicky. It works like with domestic enroute, but the system is not currently fully optimised for oceanic procedures, so some TELEX improvising might be required. It sounds though, with your talks about check tones and beeps, like you are talking about SELCAL. SELCAL is a way to monitor the frequency without actively listening. After having tested it with the controller (must be done with each relevant sector on each flight), you can now stop listening to the controller and they will ping you when they want you. However, you MUST remain on the frequency, as the ping is sent via the frequency (just like on HF irl), and you must be able to hear the call tone, i.e. you must wear the headset or leave on the speakers where vPilot makes any other sound (like chat clicks, PM beeps, etc). Currently vPilot will not do more than make the sound, no flashing or text message will appear. I think this may be changed in the near future, based on something I read somewhere by Ross. If you don't use vPilot, see the manual of your client for further info. 4. Your options in the oceanic airspace are limited to "frequency watch" and "selcal watch". The first is like all other units, you listen for your callsign. The second is as described above, you listen for the tone. AFK stints must be requested from ATC like everywhere else. If you wanna be away for longer, just disconnect and reconnect when back (Courtesy PM at your discretion). CPDLC does not absolve you of frequency watch or selcal watch, it is a tool for enroute instructions and clearances which are not time sensitive, any urgent or non-standard call will happen via voice so you must be reachable when present. I have vPilot sounds through speakers and voice through a headset, so I can put away my headset. If you have the sound from the same source, I believe you can use Windows Volume Mixer to lower or mute vPilot's voice output while leaving up the notification sounds. If not, you will have to do it via vPilot's own settings which is a bit finicky but not impossible.
    1 point
  30. Yes you can view and even interact with the Vpilot app in VR, at least with the HP G2 and WMR. Start Mixed Reality, go into the VR home/Cliff House, press the Windows button on one of the controllers, select "Classic Apps", select Vpilot. When Vpilot window open in your VR headset, click on the "Follow Me" Icon on the top right of the Vpilot window. This action will cause the Vpilot window to follow you into the aircraft cockpit. Now, start MSFS2020, select your aircraft and load to your airport of chose. When the aircraft is loaded go into VR. Once you are in the cockpit you should be able to see the Vpilot window. Use one of your controllers to move the Vpilot window where you want it to be in the cockpit, then click on the "Follow Me" icon to fix the Vpilot window to that location. Interacting with the Vpilot window can be tricky. You have to change the focus of the active window using the windows key + Y then you should be able to use one of your controllers to interact with Vpilot. This doesn't always work at this point. But, at least you can monitor Vpilot in the VR cockpit. Hope this helps.......Danny
    1 point
  31. Supposedly, MSFS pressures and altitude have been fixed now in SU6. Is that what you are seeing, Ross, and will you be updating vPiilot accordingly?
    1 point
  32. Dear Members, I would like to start by thanking everyone who took a few minutes to offer congratulations on my election to the position of President of the VATSIM Network. My colleagues on the Board of Governors have put their faith in me, and I look forward to working with them, and all of our volunteers in leading this network into the future. Under the leadership of Gunnar Lindahl, VATSIM has reached levels of membership and technology that previously were thought unattainable. Among the best tributes I have read described him as the most “stable, influential, and consequential President we ever had to date”, and this is especially true considering the challenges this world threw at us during the latter part of his four year tenure. This is certainly not to take away from the Presidents who came before him - Founders Harvey Stein and Richard Jenkins, followed by David Klain, Steven Cullen, and Kyle Ramsey...I truly walk in the footsteps of giants, and we all owe a lot to the six Presidents who preceded me. To them, I offer my heartfelt thanks for all you did, and continue to do to make VATSIM what it is today. During my time as a member of this network, I have always enjoyed hearing about the various “VATSIM histories” of our members. It is interesting to find out what brought someone to this network, and what keeps them involved. Many of the members I consider friends have taken their VATSIM experience and turned it into an aviation career, while others have started streaming content thus raising the visibility of our network. Some, like me, have brought their aviation careers to the network. This is my story - records show that I joined VATSIM in August of 2001, but my involvement in flight simulation dates back to 1983 when my father opened the first personal computer store in our town. It was at that store that an employee introduced me to Microsoft Flight Simulator v1.0, and I was hooked. By 1990 at the age of 18, I had my Private Pilots Licence, and in 1997 I graduated from an aviation college with a fresh CPL and a job towing advertising banners and flying traffic patrol over the cities of Toronto and Vancouver. In 1998 I returned home and over the next 9 years I earned my ATPL while flying a Cessna 421B on predominantly air ambulance missions across the Province of Ontario - with some charter work thrown in for good measure. I have some really good stories from my work as a pilot, so just ask if you are ever interested. When I retired from piloting in 2007, VATSIM took a more important place in my life by keeping me involved in, and feeding my passion in all things aviation. This, in turn, led me to roles within VATCAN, VATNA, and then the Board of Governors. VATSIM is a simulation network, not a game - there, I said it. This really should not be a polarizing statement because that was the intent of the Founders of this network when they created it a little over 20 years ago. For many it is a passionate hobby, for others a place to learn, and for still others, a place to teach. Above all however, VATSIM should and must be a safe place for all members, regardless of background or personal history, to feel safe, protected and welcome while celebrating all that virtual aviation has to offer. For me, there is simply no compromise on this. Membership in VATSIM is a privilege, not a right, and those people fundamentally incompatible with the network are simply not welcome. There are many exciting projects currently under development for our network, and I look forward to sharing more about them in due time. As a group, your leadership team is always looking for ways to enhance the experience for our members, and we are also always open to hearing your suggestions. If you have an idea we should consider, please email me at president(at)vatsim.net and I will make sure we have a look at it. Next week I will be in San Diego for FSExpo and I invite you to please come and introduce yourself if you see me wandering around. If you catch me at the right time, you may find me sharing a couple of bags of In and Out burgers with the other VATSIM members and volunteers in attendance. (IYKYK) Also, if you see me online controlling in my two current homes of ZYZ or ZMA, or flying in my favourite study level sim, please don’t hesitate to say hi. Again, thanks to all for the honour of leading this network. Let’s continue to enjoy it together.
    1 point
  33. Been enjoying this bird and XP11 (Colimata FXP Concorde). 3-2-1-now Rotate Lift off To the KMEM Tower controller who said, "I wish I could see the afterburners now...", this is what it looked like. ...enable night vision... up..up...and..away.. accelerating to MACH 2 No bumps, no bangs...Concorde
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