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Mettar Simulations has provided updates on a range of their projects during their presentation at Flight Sim 2018 this morning. During the presentation, Matt Davies spoke about projectFLY, POSCON and more.
The widely-used flight-tracking companion for every style of simmer is about to be updated with a number of new and improved features. The items that Matt touched on included:
While no ETA was given for any of this (only “soon”), the most interesting point was the push notifications, which Matt explained would enable a user to have these sent to their mobile device for events such as VATSIM/IVAO events (including “contact me” messages), and flight plan events such as the aircraft approaching Top of Descent. There was no demo or preview of this, but we hope to see some more on the topic soon.
After some delay due to technical problems Matt continued on to talk about POSCON, starting with a voice demo of the POSCON voice codec capabilities. The initial demo showed the difference between a few scenarios of radio transmission on the network, with one sounding clearer than the other, which was covered in static due to the distance from the transmission point. There was also an instance where the background noise was of a “Boeing cockpit” – indicating that the network will produce different effects on your voice transmissions depending on the aircraft that you’re flying.
The second demo was one that displayed the capabilities of the signal degradation, with the scenario of one aircraft in the air and one on the ground, both 250 miles apart. It also showed the “blocking” effect on frequency with the blocking tones and modulation that occur in such a scenario. Furthermore, there was the effect of multiple blockers at once, with different tones for each blocker being placed over the top of one another.
The third and final demo was a role-play style demo where we heard multiple aircraft calling into New York CTR with some coming through crystal clear, others blocking them, and additional aircraft getting progressively worse in radio quality due to distance. It sounded like something straight from a liveATC.net recording. Matt explained this is due to server-side algorithms that calculate distances and obstacles between aircraft and controllers on-the-fly.
Finally, Matt went on to talk about the elephant in the room – the A380 sized elephant.
Explaining that telling people about it was one of the worst mistakes of his life (due to being asked about it constantly since doing so), Matt discussed the history of the 1.5 year development up to this point. Most of this time has been spent on research & development for the plane, with the team wanting to make sure the product was well-researched and accurate.
The aircraft has been a side-project for his team, with POSCON and projectFLY the main focus, however, the aircraft is now at a point of a complete exterior model, of which was modelled by the same modeller responsible for the QualityWings 787 model.