By Ron Henderson 811669
#524452 When I first sign on I see aircraft in my airspace. Most of them have what looks like a capital letter I with some date which appears to be altitude and speed. How do I see the rest of the data tag. What is the sequence of steps to see flight plan, assign code, and start tracking?
By Ross Carlson 887155
#524456 Hi Ron, best place to start is the documentation. vERAM is a simulation of a very complex piece of real-world software and you won't be able to just fire it up and use it without reading the documentation front to back.

http://veram.metacraft.com/Documentation.aspx
By Ron Henderson 811669
#524457 The steps I follow in the documentation don't seem to work for me. I press F6 then select the aircraft and no flight plan shows. I issue a code using F9 then P and select ahead of the aircraft, just like the documentation says, but it doesn't pick up the track.
By Ryan Geckler 1104849
#524462 Have you assigned a beacon code? Is the aircraft already squawking a discrete code? Otherwise, the track will not know what to try to associate itself with.

F6 <slew> will only work if you have tracked the target already. Otherwise, you need to do F6 <callsign> [enter].
By Ryan Geckler 1104849
#524467 Now you understand why we ask for a position on check-in ;)

Let's say UAL123 calls up. You do F6 UAL123 and see that he doesn't have a beacon code assigned. Now, you'll do F9/QB UAL123 and it'll bring up a code for you. That code is now being searched for by the system. When the aircraft squawks whatever code you gave it, it'll autotrack up since now there's a code associated with the flight. That's how you can radar ID aircraft.

If the aircraft has a code, you can have the aircraft ident, see the ident, then do F3/QT <slew over location> <callsign> and it'll track up.
By Andrew Morkunas 1017951
#524601 There is a VATSIMism build into vERAM that I used to my advantage. Using the AutoHotKey macro language and a macro keyboard I am able to open flight plans, assign squawk codes, and accept departures of any uncorrelated aircraft using two keystrokes. Identify the uncorrelated aircraft by selecting the aircraft with the Home key that begins a CONTACT ME request. Do not press enter. Delete CONTACT ME and replace it with SR, QB or DM. Using AutoHotKey I assigned these macros to CTRL-ALT-x, CTRL-ALT-q, and CTRL-ALT-d. The macro code follows.

Code: Select all; vERAM open uncorrelated flight plan
^!x::
CoordMode, Mouse, Screen

   send {right}
   sleep 150
   send {del 10}
   sleep 150
   send {ins}
   sleep 150
   send SR
   send {enter}
   
return

; assign squawk code
^!q::
CoordMode, Mouse, Screen

   send {right}
   sleep 150
   send {del 10}
   sleep 150
   send {ins}
   sleep 150
   send QB
   send {enter}
   
return

; accept departure
^!d::
CoordMode, Mouse, Screen

   send {right}
   sleep 150
   send {del 10}
   sleep 150
   send {ins}
   sleep 150
   send DM
   send {enter}
   
return
By Reuben Prevost 1279585
#524633 This is probably a teaching moment. Ron, in the real-world, if someone makes an initial call to you as ATC from uncontrolled, you don't know where they are. You aren't supposed to. In the real world, your callsign and flightplan are not automatically correlated to your target. In VRC, it's hard to understand this because you can see everyone's callsign even if they are uncorrelated and this is not how it should be.

This is why radar identification is so important. This is why aircraft need to include a position report in their initial call. This way we know where they are.

In my opinion, this is a hard VATSIMism to overcome because we don't teach radar well. This is why we need to focus more on radar and identification in our training programs. It might be best to teach that topic by using vERAM, that way the new guys really understand it.