- Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:23 pm
This is totally awesome!
Just completed a flight from KBWI to KMIA with the new client, and as far as VPilot is concerned that was a super smooth experience.
The fact that the tree view showing active controllers is now accessible is invaluable, I did look at it a couple times throughout the flight while flying in uncontrolled airspace to check which nearby controllers might possibly send a contact me my way.
The .tune command really saved me big time on approach into KMIA, because it just so happened that Miami Center came on while I was in the middle of preparing for touchdown, and then sent me a contact me PM.
I then quickly switched to the VPilot window, selected the controller's private message tab, saw that it was Miami Center reaching out to me, punched in the .tune command and then started communicating with them immediately - that entire process probably took only about 10 or 15 seconds.
If I'd actually had to read the contact me message, find the frequency then type it in, this likely would have taken another 5 seconds or so - really not a lot of extra time, but at that stage of the flight it kind of mattered to be quick.
So, great job coming up with this idea, it may seem like a small improvement on the surface but really it's a truly awesome time saver!
I think now that the tree view is accessible, it's probably reasonable to remove the .listatc command again BTW, the tree view is easier to navigate in my opinion.
Now here's another suggestion, but no idea if that's actually possible.
Could there be a way, perhaps in the tree view, of showing a controller's phonetic callsign?
For example, Frankfurt Airport (EDDF) has a station that shows up as EDDF_N_APP, so you could think that it's an approach controller.
However, it actually is a station called Langen Radar which is a center, so if I were to address them as "Frankfurt approach" on frequency this would not be correct.
VATSpy does show the correct name of most stations in the "Facility Name" column, so there's probably some way of pulling this info from the network.
So just wondering, could this bit of info perhaps be presented somewhere in VPilot as well?
Maybe it's already there and I just haven't seen it yet, that's definitely a possibility as well
Many thanks, keep up the great work!