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Magnus Meese

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  1. Yep, file your initial flight rules then indicate "IFR" or "VFR" in the route. In any case it's really what happens on frequency which is of any interest to ATC, when you make the request all I'm worried about is how it affects the immediate situation around you (aircraft, airspace, terrain, etc), not how well it was worded in the FP. I can understand people finding joy in emulating real life with filing intricate flightplans, especially for GA, but from the perspective of doing ATC I couldn't give a toss about those once you're in my bit of air as I just keep you safe and legal according
  2. Depends on the country/unit and its procedures and laws. Some places require an increase in separation and/or change in procedures if they lose PSR or SSR in a coupled system. Some places have cut out PSR all together and can operate with 3nm/5nm with only SSR as it is a well-tested system, saving the costs surrounding maintaining and powering (PSRs require quite a bit of power) the PSR aerials. The few places I know of who's cut out the PSR for civilian use still has their air force monitor air traffic with their own means, so aircraft can't expect to completely disappear by turning off their
  3. Whoa. That is not what SLOP is for, it's just a layer of redundancy against aircraft accidentally climbing/descending to/through your level on the same track whether same direction or opposite. Anyone on your level requires the appropriate longitudinal and lateral separation no matter what SLOP alternative is being used. You were essentially involved in an airprox. Of course these things can occur in such a massive event, but just in case someone finds this in the future by searching for SLOP procedures: This should not happen.
  4. Clearance recieved: Continue the crossing, if deemed safe by pilot. Clearance not recieved: Do not enter the OCA, squawk 7600 and divert domestically. The whole purpose of the OCA clearance is to provide you with separation against every other aircraft currently in or entering at any point during your entire crossing, in case of a radio failure.
  5. SELCAL is used as an alternative to continously monitoring the radio, as such the pilot is responsible for testing it before use for every flight. IRL they also retest every new Oceanic/HF utilising FIR (possibly some exemptions in the NAT, not sure), but that's a bit excessive for VATSIM if you route through the various relevant FIRs without a landfall in between. If recieving clearance verbally, request the test after ATC confirms your readback is correct. If using any form of CPDLC, contact the relevant frequency at your discretion for the test. It does not matter if you use CPDLC or not, y
  6. I bet you the next person with the same problem is gonna love you for finding this thread with such a detailed description of the solution 🙃
  7. Final thought, but it'll only really be an option if you run vPilot through headset and everything else through a separate audio device. For the vPilot headset, access the same options window as picture two in my link above, and enable "Loudness Equalization", this is supposed to even out spikes and dips in volume, though I don't know how well it deals with this level of contrast.
  8. I've seen a lot of people struggle with this, yet I've never heard it. You could always try these settings for your AFV device, I don't know if it will actually help, though: https://imgur.com/a/R74pSjw
  9. We live in modern times, with restricted characters on our simulated 1980s computer architecture. Navigraph has a filtering feature on top of the list of charts for your selected aerodrome, so with some of those endless STAR-lists for certain European airports, just start typing in the first few letters there and it'll filter down to only relevant charts. Like so: https://i.imgur.com/utbrEEW.png In Europe, most of the time , your STAR will be named as the last point on your route plus the number-letter identifier. Exceptions exist, like here in the UK where you still find some nam
  10. Yes, as it does everywhere else anyone in this thread so far has mentioned. The discussion is not whether or not it is a thing, but whether it should available as an item in the Flight Rules-dropdown in the VATSIM clients. And IMO (and everyone else's it seems, happily), it shouldn't. SVFR is a clearance you get on the spot when your VFR flight is halted by less than VFR conditions, specifically to enter/exit the controlled airspace around an airport (CTR, Cl[Mod - Happy Thoughts] D, etc). It's not a set of rules you plan an entire flight under. We don't need that option, but Y and Z would be
  11. This is the right answer, and how it's done in VatSca. I'm more in favour of our 10h/6months than I am in a monthly requirement though, as it's easier for people with busy lives to skip a month or two without falling out completely. A 30-60 minute check for inactive controllers is all that should be needed on return, unless more severe lapses in competency is found by the instructor.
  12. This is how it is in the real world too. If you've been out more than a few weeks, someone needs to sit with you when you're back. A mandatory 30-60min session with an instructor to pinpoint holes in one's knowledge is the better option. It fixes the issue of not knowing what's going on, as well as incentivising people to A; Don't go inactive, and B; don't get a refresher unless you actually mean to put in a few hours. Humans are notoriously bad at checking their own shortcomings, so the external input helps everyone in having a better time. As for quantifying it, I like my vACCs vers
  13. Ideally that should be selectable as the default in options, I reccon
  14. I fail to see how removing the dialog box and replacing it with ambigous buttons over a larger area requiring more "hunt-and-pecking" with the mouse is an improvement.
  15. You don't decide how others use the network within its rules. You're not the spokesperson for simmers who've been simming for many years, just because you've been simming for many years. You're promoting poor radio dicipline,which is a lose lose situation for everyone involved. Poor RT is completely unnecessary, makes you sound like a buffoon, and increases the chance of things going wrong. It's also much faster and far less frustrating to use correct RT, as it reduces the need for people to say again. The seconds you think you won by cutting words, you've lost twice over in confused
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