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Alistair Thomson

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  1. My version, 1.1.0 beta 3 on Windows 7 is OK. Maybe you have installed something since the last time you used VAT-spy and that might be causing a conflict?
  2. And I see where you are coming from too, but the point is, who decides what to say? Andreas has said that "you should say X" and someone else could say, "you should say Y" but the only folks who are actually entitled to tell you what to say are those guys who write the docs. And I don't know how it could be easier to understand colloquialisms or personal preferences than the phraseology taught in flying training. It's precisely the fact that "yup" and "OK" and ten-four" and "gotcha" and a dozen other ways of confirming, or affirming, or agreeing can be taken to mean different things, that
  3. That way is surely based on correct terminology. As a RW commercial pilot and flying instructor, I would have jumped down the throat of any of my students who decided to re-write the book.
  4. I was just quoting CAP413, 1.6 Table 7 regarding standard words and phrases. Maybe ICAO doesn't have that, and probably FAA doesn't. I was also quoting that document re. the 100 WPM rate of speech. Ditto ICAO, ditto FAA.
  5. I also responded in your other thread: If you didn't get all of what ATC says, the standard way of indicating that is to use the phrase 'say again', eg. "Xxxx Tower, say again <followed by your callsign." But if the problem is simply that ATC is speaking too fast (which is very common), your standard phrase is "speak slower" rather than "say again." The rate of speech from ATC shouldn't be more than 100 words per minute, and that's pretty slow.
  6. If you didn't get all of what ATC says, the standard way of indicating that is to use the phrase 'say again', eg. "Xxxx Tower, say again <followed by your callsign." But if the problem is simply that ATC is speaking too fast (which is very common), your standard phrase is "speak slower" rather than "say again." The rate of speech from ATC shouldn't be more than 100 words per minute, and that's pretty slow.
  7. There seems to be two discussions going on here: the OP's concern about changes to the FP, and the ability of aircraft to facilitate route changes on the hoof. Maybe the latter should be spawned to a separate topic? I'm really interested in the discussion around the original post, and not so much in regards to MSFS and its functionality.
  8. Absolutely! That particular aircraft type must display a prominent red light on the nose. Violation of the Specific Amendment Notice for Treetop Aircraft.
  9. Maybe (probably!) I'm missing something, but isn't this the main issue? Must pilots be CPDLC capable in this scenario?
  10. Python is an interpreted language rather than a compiled one. What that means is that you can code in Python and anyone who has an interpreter for the language will be able to run your code. This makes for easy distribution from your point of view - just send them the code - but it puts the load on the folks who want to run it: they need to have the interpreter software. It isn't a deal-breaker though: you can send your code including an interpreter. Trouble is that the interpreter significantly increases the size of your package. So for a simple "Hello World" program your code would just be a
  11. I assume that the University academic year has already started, so you're looking at entry next year? Whatever the situation, I'd advise you that you are looking to spend a lot of time and effort in gaining VATSIM ratings for entirely the wrong reason. As an ex-University member of faculty, I viewed course applicants' qualifications as indications of interest in, and commitment to, that area. Merely gathering "gongs" or qualifications would not show any degree of commitment to an interest, and it would be that involvement, and enthusiasm, which would interest me in a candidate. But I
  12. :) Unnecessary post here, but you do get the message!
  13. Nice one, Jonas. From all the good stuff you said, I think your best advice is that staying online and allowing ATC to help is a very good idea.
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