FCOM is a VATSIM/IVAO message forwarding system that allows the user to receive messages via Discord. If you need to step away from the computer, this tool allows you to keep track of any messages without being physically at the controls.
Designed by Norris Ng, he is a computer science student at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada has been working on what he calls “FCOM” for quite some time now.
In regards to the VATSIM Code of Conduct about being away from your keyboard, you will still be responsible for abiding by the VATSIM CoC when using FCOM.
In a message between myself and Norris, he stated that it is “highly recommended” that FCOM should be used if you plan to be away from your virtual controls for less than 30 minutes.
There are a few bugs still to sort out, but it is ready for the public. In the video above, you can see how to get FCOM working, and how it works with Discord.
Feel free to check out the FCOM website for a full rundown of how this program works. From there you can download FCOM for free and use it while you fly. Norris has stated that this is a 100% free for everyone to use.