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Chris DeGroat

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  1. 7 hours ago, Daniel Mckee said:

    Which CSL's do you AND your friend use?

    Ive tried the bluebell as well as the XCSL packages.  XCSL model matched him maybe the first 2 times on vatsim to a piper, everything after that has been random.  Both our setups are identical as I set it up for him for the most part.  Even lately for me, when I fly the TBM 900, first two times it picked the correct plane, now its picking random aircraft.  I figured once it model matched that would be the model it picks going forward, not seemingly random, although Im sure its more than that.  Im not changing aircraft type on xpilot when I connect either, I reuse the same reg # from the drop down.

  2. Hey folks - are there any guides to troubleshoot model matching?  A friend and fly together often and hes typically in the Justflight warrior.  When we load in hes usually in anything but a piper, most times a cessna, other times the Grob G115.  Any ideas why that is, I have a handful of piper CSLs in my directory.

  3. Hey folks, got a question in regards to Class B departures and/or VFR Flight following.  So when departing a class B, you're essentially receiving vfr flight following on the ground to depart the airspace.  My question/confusion comes in when your being handed off between controllers.  After tower passes me to approach, do I need to ask for flight following again once airborne with approach?  Or are they aware from the initial clearance?  2nd part of that question is once approach hands off to center - do I need to ask again for FF, or are they also aware?  In my head I kind of play this out as IFR, where the controllers are aware and following you via your transponder code and on each hand off you contact them as per normal IFR phraseology IE: Center, Skyhawk 2SP with you at 2500 for 4500.  

    Thanks in advance.  I'm looking to start my IRL flight training soon and ATC/procedures is one thing I know minimal of and am trying to get a bit of a head start understanding.

  4. Firstly - I just want to start by saying thank you to all the awesome folks online last night, controllers and pilots alike.  The experience I had last night wouldn't have been possible without this community!  Beware my lengthy and possibly rambling post!

    So brief backstory - a friend and I have been doing shared cockpit airliner stuff for awhile now, and I mainly used Pilot2ATC for atc because I guess it was just easier.  My friend started his flight training, so then we switched primarily to the Piper warrior as thats what hes training in IRL.  After some shared cockpit stuff with that, I looked up vatsim again, and said hey why don't we give that a shot.  I plan on starting my training next spring and the comms seems to be that area there's no way you can really practice properly offline, which in turn makes it the thing I struggle with the most.

    Fast forward to last night after a few weeks of GA VFR and we decide to give the 738 a shot JFK to BOS.  Most all of the appropriate controllers were on so seemed like it would be a good time.  Started off with about an hours worth of smart copilot issues, which we thought were sorted out (they werent).  I handled the comms, called for clearance, pushed back, and passed control to my friend to perform the takeoff.  For some reason - more smart copilot issues.  Throttles wouldnt work.  He passes control back, everything's fine on my end.  We decided I'll do the flight at this point since it was getting late, he could work the AP, tune radios, and enjoy the flight since were both in VR anyway and thats an experience in itself.

    Onward to taxi, literally everyone was going JFK/LGA/EWR to BOS tonight.  There's a fair amount of air and ground traffic, about 3 behind to depart and 1 in front.  Controller tells us to line up and wait.  As I sat on the runway its at this moment I realized I may have chosen the wrong career...  Sitting on the runway, seeing 3 other company planes waiting to go, in VR, it really was an experience.  Anyway, departure clearance obtained and off we go, so far uneventful.  

    So far so good, cleared for the Robuc3 to 04r.  Controller requested to keep speed up a little higher than I filed for as there was a lot of traffic to maintain separation.  Starting to descend, I started about a minute later than I wanted.  As I was cleared for the approach, we got rain and reduced vis, as well I was a little higher, with a little extra speed than i wanted.  I hear the controller tell the (I believe Cessna) to pick up the speed, a 737 was approaching hot from behind (not realized it was me just yet).  Cessna asks what speed, "Best forward speed Sir".  5 Seconds later, Delta 4780 - cancel approach,maintain 3k, turn right heading 100, your about to run over other traffic!  Oh boy, I now see the other aircraft about a mile in front.  Following ATC instruction, things really got interesting.  Smart copilot decided to have some fun, A/T kicks off.  AP becomes unresponsive.  Ap showed on for me, off for my co-pilot.  Decide lets just turn it all off and fly manually.  Few missed calls during this madness from ATC as I was managing the plane but all worked out.  Controller vectored me back to approach, and landed successfully, being handed off from center, approach, tower and ground all successfully.  

    All in all aside from the smart copilot chaos, it was quite an experience dealing with the controllers and hearing/seeing other traffic.  My only regret is I didn't join this network sooner.  

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  5. 1 hour ago, Matthew Bartels said:

    You are correct. Some areas of the world require a VFR flight plan, If you are going across the ADIZ, you for sure would want to file one. In the US it's a good idea, but not required most areas provided you are staying within the confines of the ADIZ

    Thanks for confirming.  I have to say I'm glad I joined, my only regret is I didn't do it sooner.  So far each flight I've done there has been some takeaway of knowledge.

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  6. Hey folks, had a quick question.  The other day I was flying VFR from Grand bahama to Palm Beach.  When I contacted Nassau center who was handling ground/tower, he told me a VFR flight plan was required.  Just wondering why this was?  I didn't think VFR flight plans were a required thing?


    Edit: Did some research, looks like that it is required in IRL so this was a good learning experience.  https://www.bahamas.com/vfr

    "A good pilot is always learning"

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  7. 6 minutes ago, Robert Shearman Jr said:

    ... that and the "Connect as Observer" checkbox on the screen where you enter your callsign and aircraft type. 

    Yep, that too.  Thanks for the tip because I'm 99% certain I've glazed over the checkbox a few times since I couldnt find it.

  8. So a buddy of mine want to get attempt smart copilot with vatsim - but how would one of us join as copilot with xpilot?  I dont see any option to join as an observer.  Been doing a bit of googling but my google-fu is failing me today.


    Edit nvm, literally just found it in the docs to add a letter suffix...  Whoops!

  9. Awesome info.  Had a great time on today.  Jacksonville CTR went off line when I was getting ready to go, so head a venue change to Farmingdale in NY.  Sat in GA parking for a bit listening to the NY airspace madness and then as I was going to give it a go NY Center went off for a bit lol.  No worries, worked on Unicom, and then spoke with Islip Approach for the class C transition eastbound towards East Hampton.  Then back on unicom for landing at HTO.  Was good fun and practice.  Thank you to all the controllers for your service!

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  10. 19 minutes ago, John Koranteng said:

    Hello Chris!

    First of all, warm welcome to VATSIM! 

    You would tune directly to the approach controller's frequency and he/she would provide delivery, taxi and takeoff clearances as well as climb or course instructions if outbound. If Approach was not online, then the CTR controller would handle these extra responsibilities as well. This also works vice-versa when arriving into an airport.

    In the case that there are no controllers online, you shall monitor unicom-frequency(122.800)

    I hope this answered your questions.
    See you in the skies!

    Ahh gotcha!  That makes sense.  So one more question, if no towers were online for your airport would you pick the closest CTR I assume?  Right now im on the ground in Hilton head, SC, and I have NY CTR and JAX CTR currently online.  I assume since Im closer to JAX, Id tune them for delivery, taxi and takeoff?  

  11. Hello all!  Decided to take the next step in my hobby and join up here.  I'm also looking forward to getting my PPL and figured every bit will help.

    So I have a quick question.  Obviously vatsim cant be staffed to real world levels and I get there's overlap, but Im confused even after reading the General lessons on the PRC.  It was going over the different controllers and all but there was something that mentioned if a tower isnt manned, it may be controlled by whose working the approach frequency - makes sense.  The part I'm confused on is - do I tune the local ground/tower frequencys, and it auto routes me to whose working the approach?  Or do I tune direct to the approact frequency and request taxi/departure ect?  Or do I treat that airport as untowered, tune to the RW ground/tower frequencys announcing as per normal untowered procedure - and then tune approach once airborne?  Hope my questions make sense.  Stay well all and happy landings!


    Edit: I reread the VFR departures/arrivals page (half asleep last night when I signed up) and it states to treat as untowered and use unicom.  That makes a little more sense.  Can't wait to get flying!

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