- Thu May 15, 2014 7:37 pm
How you are seen by others depends primarily on the model matching they have set up in their client, and of course what you have logged in as.
The only thing that you can control is the callsign and the type aircraft you log in as. For example, if you log in (as too many people are doing, especially FSInn users, we see!) as an aircraft type ZZZZ, then unless other pilots went to the extraordinary step of creating a model matching rule for an aircraft type ZZZZ, you'd appear as whatever they have as a default or bad aircraft (vPilot FSX users would probably see you as a white A320, SB/FSInn users may see you as a paper airplane, etc.). So it's really important that pilots log in using a real aircraft type.
Callsign definitely is in play, as well. I'm sure you've looked at the vPilot model matching rules. For other vPilot users, vPilot goes through a pretty thorough process of trying to show you as a perfect, or at least very close match. So if you are logged on as a DAL B738, and I use a client that references back to a legitimate DAL B738 AI model, I'll see you perfectly. If you log in as a DAL B732, and I don't have a DAL B732 AI installed with a corresponding model matching rule set that looks for a DAL B732, vPilot will do it's best to show you to me as a DAL B73something....
For you, as a pilot using vPilot, assuming you have good AI and model matching rule sets, you are dependent on the other pilots to use a valid aircraft type, and hopefully a valid aircraft type for the callsign they are using. What you log in as makes no difference to how you see others (but it makes a difference to the others!).
Does that make sense?