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Mike Teague

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  1. what occurs to me (i was around since like 1999, when vatsim was still SATCO), is the network was just as impressive back then as it is now, even if the planes and scenery weren't as advanced. the basic idea was the same, the knowledge is the same. also, people forget, the sim (fs98, fs2000, etc) were state of the art for the time. so it's always been cutting edge. its frankly quite amazing we were basically doing the exact same thing we do today but over 28.8kbps modems. but the biggest and best change for me, is the fact that now we have aircraft with full fmc's and the actual nav data
  2. i have not tried it yet as my flai is still doing a great job, but: http://www.alpha-india.net/2021/01/15/aigaim-oci-for-vatsim-prepar3d-v4-and-v5-only/
  3. I have been doing free updates of stock airports in p3d v5 for some time.. (mostly larger (class D and above) airports so far) the entire collection (about 500+ airports at the moment): https://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?CatID=p3d5scen&DLID=222508 a google drive where they are also available: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/16-jPqrahLePceFceKwkBjhzXPK5sfl6a
  4. heres another common arrival with only expects. also heres the official faa faq about "descend via/climb via": https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/afx/afs/afs400/afs410/pbn/media/Climb_Descend_Via_FAQ.pdf
  5. something like ASA7001 would be "alaska seventy zero one" not "seven thousand one", right? but 7000 would be "seven thousand" ?? i couldn't find a specific example in the 7110.65
  6. in the example below, the departure goes to PORTE then has different transitions depending on which direction youre going so "cleared to xxx, sstik four departure, ebaye transition" just means you fly the sstik4 to ebaye to join the enroute portion of your route
  7. simaware is not an official vatsim site you would have to ask the simaware people that said, simaware seems to be tracking my current flight just fine
  8. yes, artccs are shaded, approaches are a ring, towers are a boxed T, ground is a boxed G, etc. etc. etc.
  9. zse does thats why i dont control anymore
  10. yeah thats nice, i dont think we have that. however we do have d-atis that is becoming easier to find.. like i said originally its now available in the fslabs airbuses thru the acars in the mcdu which is very handy. you can also get it through something like aeroweather app for your phone, or the mysterious https://datis.clowd.io/ site (seriously where is this from?) there also still are phone lines hooked directly into some airports atis's that just play on a loop.. you can find the phone numbers on skyvector or in the chart supplements other than that you can always just look
  11. point taken however, there are airports where there are sop's though that REALLY prefer one flow and vatsim doesnt really diverge from the real world.. im thinking klax in particular.. i think departs to the east maybe 2 or 3 days per year typically only when the santa ana winds really kick up. however on vatsim if the wind is 1 kt out of 090 you'll usually start getting random people departing east and making everyone whos sticking with the normal flow get anxious 🙂
  12. in the latest FSlabs a320 update, they added a feature in the ACARS atis function so that when there is no vatsim atis available, it pulls the real world FAA d-atis instead.. very handy. i know a lot of us have already been using various ways to get this info to use online when there is no controller, i wonder if its possible to do something like this on the network itself through the pilot clients.. possibly even make it recommended practice to use it (minimize "wrong" direction operations) i realize there is official policy to the effect of "uncontrolled is uncontrolled" but i sus
  13. could we just resize them ourselves? or remove altogether? i personally dont need the rating column
  14. and if their text is up, you can also get it thru acars if your aircraft has it (im thinking of fslabs in particular) this is probably more realistic than listening to it
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