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  1. Trevor, it's not at all that what you said is faff.😉 It would be a faff for someone to keep the GFO aircraft where their VAs believe them to be. I have yet to hear whether an airframe can be 'owned' by more than a single VA, or even a single VA. Perhaps they can only be 'owned' by their real world airline? Looking forward to finding out.
  2. Trevor, That solution sounds a great faff, because I feel that it would happen quite often with pilots using GFO and VA's aircraft whilst not VA members. Perhaps it would be better for VAs to relinquish maintenance of aircraft records and just concentrate on their pilot members flying records through ACARS?
  3. Lauri, I believe that GFO will have the global fleet records, so I can choose a BA aircraft to fly where I wish 😉
  4. Hi Luke, Interesting. So if I leave a British Airways B777 from GFO at Kalgoorlie, how will BA pilots choose a BA flight to fly it from there? 😏
  5. Hi Simon, Good question! I thought that I had heard that there have been VAs trying to work with the new ACARS. If this is not true, then there may be some co-existence problems looming, which I doubt.
  6. I believe that the major VAs have been involved with PMDG for some time. 😋
  7. With the availability of a full ACARS service with GFO, the location of aircraft will be recorded by Global Fleet Operations. These locations may not be ones that a virtual airline would normally use. VAs will therefore need to loosen control of their flight schedules. I shall be looking to join a VA again for my B777, after many years without one. Are there any VAs which will enable use of the GFO ACARS system without enforcing the use of airline-specific airport destinations?
  8. My (intelligent?) guess is that PMDG Global Flight Operations will have an interface with VATSIM to obtain its booked flights, pre-departure clearances, and to support the CPDLC conversations. If I am right, this will enable FSLabs A32x, Aerosoft A330, PMDG B73x and QualityWings B787 to have a CPDLC function, thus at last removing the need for Hoppie's software. PMDG are probably struggling to get this complex mix of commercial and private organisations to march in step with a need to release GFO in the near future. I hope that I am right😁
  9. Two further points that may contribute to easing event congestions: The availability of full CPDLC will significantly reduce ATC voice traffic PMDG Global Fleet Operations will provide a host of opportunities for pilots to choose interesting new flight routes rather than 'crowding' events. We shall see😉
  10. Diego, I simply use a browser query of, for example, METAR EGLL.
  11. Using METARs to determine real-world weather at your destination is always your responsibility. If you feel that ATC is using a different weather, you should notify him and state what are your concerns. It is the responsibility of ATC to add to your safety, not subtract from it.😊
  12. I am very happy that there will be a synergy between MFS and VATSIM. Without it there would have been an unnecessarily isolated MFS community. However, I cannot but feel that the announcement is little more than hyping a forthcoming link between MFS and VATSIM. Hardly revolutionary❕🤔
  13. How ignorant and uncaring some can be🤢 An additional point is that you can add an appropriate comment in the vPilot Remarks to inform ATC. Good luck with your flying, Regards, Richard
  14. My forecast is that, in around 5 years, the number achieving ratings will be little different🤕
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