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vRoute Released


Richard Jenkins
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vroute.info is a revolutionary new online flying tool that combines in one place:

 

* VATSIM server information ("servinfo");

* world's largest flight plan database (39000 routes available as of Sep 2006);

* flight and ATC booking features.

 

Ease of use was our primary concern. For example, the user does not have to worry about timezones. Normally, a lot of information is available in UTC time zone - for example, flight and ATC booking times, event announcements, flight forecasts etc. vroute.info automatically converts these UTC times to your local time zone. All information you enter in your local time, for example when you make a flight booking, is automatically converted to UTC.

 

 

Feature highlights:

 

Advanced flight forecasting

 

When someone is flying from New York to London, other programs would show this flight as an arrival long before it would actually show up in your airspace. Let's say you are doing ATC in Ireland and there is a group flight arriving from USA. Normally, you would have a hard time telling when will they need ATC from you. But vroute.info has a completely different approach - flights are analyzed to tell you when will they arrive into your airspace. One look into your country details and you get accurate information about the upcoming traffic.

 

If you are a pilot, this means controllers will get early but accurate warning about your flight - and you will get better ATC coverage, especially in the remote areas where traffic is normally low.

 

Full integration of booking

 

List of ATC available includes both people who are currently online, and those who will soon show up (according to booking). The flight forecast automatically includes flight bookings for the flights that haven't started yet - and booking data is gradually replaced with flight forecast so that controllers see more accurate actual data.

 

Advanced airspace maps

 

Our airspace maps feature 3D background - which helps you identify geographical features you will be flying over. All the important and frequently changing data, such as airspace information, airport data, airline names and logos are stored in a central server. No more are all users required to re-download vroute.info just to get a new airline or new airport.

 

Event information

 

Online event information can be published directly from vroute.info. Whenever you start the application, you will immediately find out what is happening and where. As a controller, you will get more traffic for your events when you announce them via vroute.

 

Personal images (avatars)

 

As a pilot or controller, you can submit your custom photograph or other image that will be shown to other users when they click on your name in vroute.info.

 

Flight progress cards

 

Once you select your flight route, you can easily generate a PDF docomeent containing important information about your flight - waypoints, weather, NOTAMs.

 

Reduced bandwidth consumption

 

Server information programs required you to download some 200 kBytes of information every couple minutes - this meant you had mostly outdated info at high bandwidth expense. vroute.info uses a completely different technology, and any data you require (and only when you actually require it) is downloaded on request from the server.

 

To download vRoute:

 

http://www.vroute.net

RJ

 

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Ok, it is probably just me, but I keep on getting an error when I try to install it. Any tips?

 

The installation instructions seem to be wrong as the setup file just downloads a file thats already in the folder, except the on you download ends up outside the folder. So what you do is run the vroute.info application manifest in the folder with all of the files and it will then connect to the internet and ask you to install the program, and when you choose to install it, it'll then have it's own folder under Programe Files.

 

Hope this helps.

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We're having a load average of 25 concurrent processes. I guess you'll have to wait to download it. Setting up a mirror location won't help, as the server is anyway involved in the registration process. Actually, it looks like the most resource consuming factor at the moment is sending out confirmation emails

 

 

Michal

vroute.net founder

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OK, it turned out that what brought us down was not vroute itself, but vroute's website that wasn't performing fast enough and slowed the whole server down . After temporarily disabling the website (the download link is still there) we're back on track.

 

 

Michal

vroute.net founder

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Just out of curiosity, I should have been paying more attention, what was that HUGE windows addition that it automatically downloaded.

 

It's called Microsoft .NET framework. All modern programming languages from Microsoft require it, and as far as I know it is a standard component of Windows Vista.

 

 

Michal

vroute.net founder

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