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VATSIM Announces Signups for New Audio System (AFV)

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Flight simulation network VATSIM has announced signups for their new audio solution.

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VATSIM Announces Large Scale Audio Testing

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Over their forums, VATSIM has announced that their team is planning large scale audio tests on the production servers this month. They've notified members that applications will be available to those who wish to be a part of the testing. This audio update has been awaited by many VATSIM members. Most notable of this update is the updated CODECs that will
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Airline2Sim Releases Airport2Sim Schiphol Trailer

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Airline2Sim have recently taken to Facebook to release a pre-release trailer for their upcoming inaugural Airport2Sim product, Amsterdam Schiphol. The 11 minute video summarizes what customers will be able to expect when the product releases. Users can expect six videos with the package, as well as an improved GSX configuration for 3rd party Schiphol sceneries. The package will also include
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PilotEdge Integrates ATIS System

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With the launch of the ATIS system, pilots flying on the network can now obtain up-to-date weather and significant flight planning data published on the respective ATIS frequencies. This includes runways and approaches in use and information on runway closures. Controllers will also have access to this data and will ensure to verify that pilots are reporting in with the exact ATIS code
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FlightSimSoft Previews PFPX Update

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Over the last few days, FlightSimSoft, known for PFPX and Topcat have provided a few screenshots showing off some new features that are due to be added to PFPX in a new update. The first bunch of screenshots posted last Sunday are showing off new options for various charts used in flight-planning including ETOPS and plotting charts to better illustrate
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Summary: Mettar Simulations Presentation At Flight Sim 2018

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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.

projectFLY

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:

  • Infinite Flight support
  • Support for the macOS platform
  • Updated projectFLY dispatcher
  • projectFLY chat
  • Mobile Push Notifications

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.

POSCON

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.

The A380

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.

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VATSIM Reveal New Voice Codec

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For a long time, many a VATSIM user has asked for a new codec which will bring better clarity and ease to using voice on VATSIM. Well, the time is now upon us and the first preview of the new codec has been shown off over on VATSIM's YouTube channel. The video shows off some of the new features of
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Navigraph FMS Data Manager Adds Active Sky XP Support

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It's essentially a monthly ritual, where sim pilots hit that "Update" button in the Navigraph FMS Data Manager to keep their navigational data up to date for their next flight. In doing so, the data manager updates all of the (supported) installed aircraft and add-on applications that simmers hold in their arsenal. This month though, Navigraph has made a lot
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Navigraph Charts – Quick News Update

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On their Facebook page, Navigraph has said they will soon be providing Commercial Airline Overlay Charts (CAO) from Jeppesen, in addition to all other current charts. These charts were developed to better support pilots that primarily operate category C and D aircraft. No news on when specifically these Charts will be released, though I don't think it will be too far
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AccuMap v2 Enters Open Beta

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Last week, FSElite was lucky enough to bring you exclusive previews of AccuMap v2. AccuMap is a modern VATSIM map viewer that originally was released as a desktop application nearly 12 months ago today, however, the application was found to be very heavy on system resources, and earlier this year the development team made the decision to take down the AccuMap server to
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