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  1. (Also not affiliated with AFV) This sounds related to my experience using AFV--particularly the part about the program crashing when setting a new PTT. What I've been doing lately is opening up AFV as administrator (before connecting to the network), clear out the current PTT then set the new PTT, click "Apply", and finally "OK". My PTT is a foot pedal that I recently bought and for some reason I have to go through this process every time I start AFV. This has been the most reliable method of getting AFV up and running that I've been able to figure out, so far.
  2. The answer can be found here: FAR 91.159, VFR Cruising Altitude. What that essentially says is that if your magnetic course (not your indicated heading while you're actually flying, mind you) is anywhere between 0-179 degrees, fly odd altitudes plus 500; between 180-359 degrees, fly even altitudes plus 500. This is frequently referred to as the NEODD/SWEVEN rule (north thru east is odd/south thru west is even). Let's apply this to your flight. Altitude selection is based on your magnetic course, so on that route you posted, everything up to KIMBL would be flown at an odd altitude, plus 5
  3. The biggest risk I associate with a slot system is the under-utilization of airport and airspace capacity when people cannot make their slot times. Yes, canceling one's slot reservation is the appropriate thing to do so that others may sign up, but there are going to be situations where something happens last-minute and a pilot is unable to cancel his or her slot. This is arguably the most realistic method of operation. Airlines are constantly descending (pardon the pun) on their respective hub airports in a relatively short time span, multiple times a day, every day of the week. That
  4. If you go into AFV settings, is the "Disable Realistic ATC Audio Effects" box checked?
  5. This sounds like typical behavior for a flight management system under most circumstances. Take my example about already having passed the initial fix on a procedure, but ATC has to change your STAR. In order to load it, you'll likely have to pick some fix on the new procedure that's already behind you in order to load up the whole procedure and select the correct one that is (hopefully) in front of you. Now, most FMS's won't execute a new path until you tell it to, but it sounds like the one you're dealing with will. In that case, all you should have to do is sync your heading bug to your pre
  6. I still haven't made the switch to MSFS2020, so I'm only tangentially familiar with how these aircraft behave in the simulator. Most of what I know is informed by word of mouth or word of forum, and that's where these questions are coming from. What kind of edits are you referring to? Can you proceed direct to a waypoint that's somewhere in the middle of the procedure? For example, take the POWDR1 STAR; if you've programmed the HBU transition, but ATC clears you direct POWDR, will that work? What if you're still on the procedure over BASEE and given direct POWDR? How about if ATC had you
  7. Center controllers, especially on VATSIM where we're typically working the entire facility combined, have lots of options to effect MIT separation (if it's required) besides slowing faster aircraft down--most of the time. Say, for example, I have two aircraft at separate altitudes but on the same route, and the second aircraft is overtaking the first by 70 knots. Say that I need to give the next facility 15 MIT. Even if the trailing aircraft is 15 miles behind the leader, with that overtake, it will take less than a half hour for the trailing aircraft to be 15 miles in front of the lead. Say t
  8. The green tape on the top of the screen is the simulator's built-in ATC system at work. I'm still an FSX user, and the green tape shows up for every controlled field I go into or out of, but I just ignore it and either listen to the voice ATIS, or grab a text ATIS from vPilot--assuming there's a live ATIS available for the airport, of course.
  9. Matthew's first bit of advice is the best way to set yourself up for success, especially when you're flying single pilot. Of course for subsequent frequency changes, it's not always possible to predict the next frequency. If you elect to use the .com1 command that Matthew posted, I'm fairly certain you'll have to type in the entire frequency. That is, if I say, "Contact Chicago Center 134.87," you'll have to type .com1 134.875. To make a long and geeky story short, US frequencies that end with a xxx.x2 or xxx.x7 are technically xxx.x25 or xxx.x75, but the last five is left off for the sak
  10. Ah, so that's why I've sometimes seen aircraft making a 180-degree turn after I've issued them an approach clearance. To the point of the OP, it's simply not practical for a controller to know the extent to which each aircraft is going to behave (or mis-behave). For one thing, I don't have MSFS2020, so all I know about it is what I've heard from friends or read on reviews. Personally, if I see MSFS2020 in the remarks (if I can even find it with all the gibberish I see in most FPs these days), all I know is that someone likely has some killer scenery and may become disconnected unex
  11. I will look into Voicemeeter, Evan, thank you for the suggestion. While Robert is correct in identifying my ultimate goal for frequency/audio management, I think VM might help me manage audio from AFV and Discord, which seems to be the go-to for coordination these days.
  12. Will there be an update to AFV that will allow real-time audio mapping while controlling? Right now, the only way to move audio from headset to speaker, or vice-versa, is to disconnect first, open up settings, make the adjustments, then connect. Ideally, it would be really useful to have the option to route audio to headset or loudspeaker for each frequency, especially now that multiple frequency usage has been given the go-ahead in the latest ATC-FIM policy.
  13. My, my, Mr. Fries, this is good news. I hope to see big things at ZAN now .
  14. I wondered if ASRC had any such feature; how does that 'rundown' feature work and what keystroke(s) are required to utilize it? I tried using the equivalent VRC command unsuccessfully. I'll gladly test anything else out.
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