- Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:46 pm
German ATCOs are using PDC as well on a regular basis. Check out EDDF, EDDL..
Regarding your test: you can have only one connection to VATSIM at a time. But you can have multiple connections to the Hoppie ACARS server at a time! I am not 100% sure about the way that PDC has been incorporated into the FsLabs Airbus, so you may want to test the following: have you also intalled Hoppie's ATC CPDLC client? If yes, start it and set it up to be logged on with an airport code, e.g. if you would like to simulate a PDC-clearance from KJFK, use "KJFK" in the ATC CPDLC client. All this without connecting to VATSIM! Then, parallel to it, get your FsLabs Airbus and send a PDC-request to "KJFK" or rather insert a flightplan from KJFK to anywhere and then go to the PDC-page of the Airbus request your PDC. A message should popup now in your ATC CPDLC client and you can reply to it. The formatting in your reply will probably not be 100% accurate to what the Airbus needs to display the PDC properly, but you can see how it works. In vSMR you can NOT test it yourself, because vSMR requires both the ATC-side and the pilot to be actually connected to VATSIM with the pilot having a valid flightplan. Only then will it work.
So, either try it with the Hoppie ATC CPDLC client, or look for controllers that offer PDC (see the URL that Adam has provided), jump there in your FsLabs Airbus, file a flightplan from that airport and then send them your PDC-request.
If you need further help, please speak up, we are glad to help. In case you have not seen the document, you can also use my CPDLC Quick Starter Manual https://tiny.cc/cpdlcquickstarteren