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So I did a FOIA request with the FAA for the Jacksonville ARTCC STARS video maps, and the disc arrived today. I've heard there is a way to import the .dat files into vSTARS. Could anyone enlighten me about this? We're trying to add vSTARS support to more of our facilities.

Brad Lee

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Brad:

 

This is how I've converted FAA .dat files to work with VRC/vSTARS.

 

  • Use this website to convert an FAA .dat format to the usable sector file format: http://drakedesignlabs.com/converter/
  • Copy the lat/long coordinates into a VRC .sct file using the proper formatting (http://www1.metacraft.com/VRC/docs/doc.php?page=appendix_g ; I would suggest putting it under either the [sTAR] or [sID] section)
  • Open up the SectorFileToVideoMap converter program that is shipped with vSTARS
  • Import the sector file that you saved with the converted lat/long coordinates, select the map you want to convert at the bottom, click "Save Video Map" and save it to a location you can find later.
  • Open vSTARS, go into the facility engineer configuration, video maps section, and add the video map you just converted.

Controller (C3), Los Angeles ARTCC
Developer: xPilot, vATIS

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  • 3 months later...

Does not seem to work unless I'm doing something wrong:

 

PLATFORM VERSION INFO

Windows : 6.2.9200.0 (Win32NT)

Common Language Runtime : 4.0.30319.34011

System.Deployment.dll : 4.0.30319.33440 built by: FX45W81RTMREL

clr.dll : 4.0.30319.34011 built by: FX45W81RTMGDR

dfdll.dll : 4.0.30319.33440 built by: FX45W81RTMREL

dfshim.dll : 6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623)

 

SOURCES

Deployment url : file:///C:/Users/Maurice/Desktop/5073b00e9c327-dattoxml/dattoxml.application

Deployment Provider url : http://zfwfe.blogspot.com/dattoxml.application

 

ERROR SUMMARY

Below is a summary of the errors, details of these errors are listed later in the log.

* Activation of C:\Users\Maurice\Desktop\5073b00e9c327-dattoxml\dattoxml.application resulted in exception. Following failure messages were detected:

+ Downloading http://zfwfe.blogspot.com/dattoxml.application did not succeed.

+ The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found.

 

COMPONENT STORE TRANSACTION FAILURE SUMMARY

No transaction error was detected.

 

WARNINGS

There were no warnings during this operation.

 

OPERATION PROGRESS STATUS

* [4/20/2014 11:50:08] : Activation of C:\Users\Maurice\Desktop\5073b00e9c327-dattoxml\dattoxml.application has started.

 

ERROR DETAILS

Following errors were detected during this operation.

* [4/20/2014 11:50:08] System.Deployment.Application.DeploymentDownloadException (Unknown subtype)

- Downloading http://zfwfe.blogspot.com/dattoxml.application did not succeed.

- Source: System.Deployment

- Stack trace:

at System.Deployment.Application.SystemNetDownloader.DownloadSingleFile(DownloadQueueItem next)

at System.Deployment.Application.SystemNetDownloader.DownloadAllFiles()

at System.Deployment.Application.FileDownloader.Download(SubscriptionState subState)

at System.Deployment.Application.DownloadManager.DownloadManifestAsRawFile(Uri& sourceUri, String targetPath, IDownloadNotification notification, DownloadOptions options, ServerInformation& serverInformation)

at System.Deployment.Application.DownloadManager.DownloadManifest(Uri& sourceUri, String targetPath, IDownloadNotification notification, DownloadOptions options, ManifestType manifestType, ServerInformation& serverInformation)

at System.Deployment.Application.DownloadManager.DownloadDeploymentManifestDirect(SubscriptionStore subStore, Uri& sourceUri, TempFile& tempFile, IDownloadNotification notification, DownloadOptions options, ServerInformation& serverInformation)

at System.Deployment.Application.DownloadManager.FollowDeploymentProviderUri(SubscriptionStore subStore, [Mod - Happy Thoughts]emblyManifest& deployment, Uri& sourceUri, TempFile& tempFile, IDownloadNotification notification, DownloadOptions options)

at System.Deployment.Application.DownloadManager.DownloadDeploymentManifestByp[Mod - Happy Thoughts](SubscriptionStore subStore, Uri& sourceUri, TempFile& tempFile, SubscriptionState& subState, IDownloadNotification notification, DownloadOptions options)

at System.Deployment.Application.ApplicationActivator.PerformDeploymentActivation(Uri activationUri, Boolean isShortcut, String textualSubId, String deploymentProviderUrlFromExtension, BrowserSettings browserSettings, String& errorPageUrl)

at System.Deployment.Application.ApplicationActivator.ActivateDeploymentWorker(Object state)

--- Inner Exception ---

System.Net.WebException

- The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found.

- Source: System

- Stack trace:

at System.Net.HttpWebRequest.GetResponse()

at System.Deployment.Application.SystemNetDownloader.DownloadSingleFile(DownloadQueueItem next)

 

COMPONENT STORE TRANSACTION DETAILS

No transaction information is available.

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  • 4 months later...

I am no longer the FE at ZFW and don't know how long ZFW will keep the dottoxml program on there site. They moved all the downloads to a dropbox. I have not made any updates. The site is https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nxwmh75b0xrybp5/AABUz0g1YKRUYI0kx5IhIrkpa/Facilities%20Engineer?dl=0. Since I don't monitor this thread regularly, if there is any issues send it to my personal email [email protected]. Was the issue resolved?

Tim Roden

ZAN C3

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