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I think this means I'll have to stick with Squawkbox or FSINN. How do you use vPilot if you have to switch between that and FSX every time. It looks like great software and the MTL is a must have but switching is just too much each time. I prefer to have SB running over FSX as another instrument in the panel.

 

Thanks for the replies.

 

James

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windowed mode. as far as "MTL", if you mean IVAO's MTL its neither a must nor supported.

 

I think this means I'll have to stick with Squawkbox or FSINN. How do you use vPilot if you have to switch between that and FSX every time. It looks like great software and the MTL is a must have but switching is just too much each time. I prefer to have SB running over FSX as another instrument in the panel.

 

Thanks for the replies.

 

James

 

 

Why would you even want to run vPilot on top? Unless you are a text person instead of a voice person, I'd understand.

 

because you are required to pay attention to that little ATC box. using any other source for that info wont be an acceptable excuse later for "i didnt see them listed", the pilot client is your only true source of information for that, the client shows you live data, where the other programs out there only show you info from the data feed which sometimes fails. also so you dont miss a potential PM from a sup/admin

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windowed mode. as far as "MTL", if you mean IVAO's MTL its neither a must nor supported.

 

I think this means I'll have to stick with Squawkbox or FSINN. How do you use vPilot if you have to switch between that and FSX every time. It looks like great software and the MTL is a must have but switching is just too much each time. I prefer to have SB running over FSX as another instrument in the panel.

 

Thanks for the replies.

 

James

 

 

Why would you even want to run vPilot on top? Unless you are a text person instead of a voice person, I'd understand.

 

because you are required to pay attention to that little ATC box. using any other source for that info wont be an acceptable excuse later for "i didnt see them listed", the pilot client is your only true source of information for that, the client shows you live data, where the other programs out there only show you info from the data feed which sometimes fails. also so you dont miss a potential PM from a sup/admin

 

 

Well I meant the model matching inherent in vPilot rather than MTL.

 

And yes I do keep whatever pilot client I am using open and on top, as I said as another instrument on the panel, so I don't miss anything and no switching between screens.

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By the way this is in no way a knock on vPilot. I believe Ross Carlson is the developer? All I have for Ross is great thanks. Something that is offered free to use with this much work is just beyond the call of duty and add my appreciation for Mr. Carlson's efforts. Also, I haven't been that active on VATSIM for a while and am just getting back up to speed on what is new. If most people use vPilot with it minimized I'll give it a try.

 

Honestly I debated on whether to start this thread for this very reason. It's free, there will be no complaining which I can't argue with. It was just more of a 'what does everyone else do'.

 

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If most people use vPilot with it minimized I'll give it a try.

You can't - that would go against the CoC. I would venture a guess and say that most people using vPilot probably have it on a secondary monitor.

 

Using vPilot with FSX in full screen mode (especially in a single monitor setup) simply wasn't a primary design goal - Ross himself has stated that. If that is the situation you're in, you can either use windowed mode or try SquawkBox as an FSX module (though you might occasionally get an error pop-up you'll have to dismiss - a known SB4 bug that was never fixed).

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You can configure vPilot to send any incoming textual radio message or private message to FSX so that it appears as text across the top of the sim window. Maybe I should add an option to notify you in the same way when new ATC stations come within range?

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Maybe I should add an option to notify you in the same way when new ATC stations come within range?

Perhaps it could be selective (i.e. above FL240 only new Centers send a notification and it only sends information about TWR/GND/DEL if the identifier matches your arrival/departure airport)?

What would be really cool is if it notified you when you were x miles from a new online Center (using VAT-SPY data)...

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Here is a neat little program that will allow any window to "Stay on top." http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/13784/keep-a-window-on-top-with-a-handy-autohotkey-script/

 

vPilot already has an option to "stay on top", but when FSX is in full screen mode, Windows dedicates the entire screen to FSX and no other programs can be displayed, even if they're set to stay on top.

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Senior Controller, Boston Virtual ARTCC

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