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VATSIM Implements New Auto-Disconnect for Low-FPS X-Plane Users

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In a statement on VATSIM’s website, the organisation has announced that they have instructed X-Plane client developers to implement code which will disconnect users from the VATSIM network automatically if they fail to maintain an average of 20 frames per second. The new change implemented with immediate effect from the Board of Governors has been established to prevent issues from a programming decision by Laminar Research.

Written in the statement, the team clarified that currently, X-Plane will automatically slow the simulation rate when the frame rate drops below 20 frames per second to maintain the flight model stability. The disruption of the simulation rate change causes for both pilots and ATC impacts the overall quality and enjoyment when on the network. According to the post, controllers experience challenges when sequencing pilots – this is particularly troubling during busy periods. For pilots, it causes delays and to cause unexpected missed approaches.

Moving forward, future versions of xSquawkbox, xPilot and Swift will have new code that will look at the user’s average framerate. If the user consistently holds less than 20 frames per second in a specific time period, their client will automatically disconnect them from the VATSIM network. Users will be able to reconnect after disconnection through this method. It is also made clear that previous versions of X-Plane clients will no longer be able to connect to the network.

To help counter the issue, VATSIM are recommending that users who consistently experience less than 20FPS should tone down their rendering settings until they can maintain the frame rate required. In addition, the network has recommended using the 3jFPS script along with the FlyWithLua plugin. Those combined will adjust the rendering settings automatically to maintain 20FPS. Finally, the team have also said that the FPS Booth and the Auto LOD plugins are suitable to improve the experience. What VATSIM is not recommending is the use of the autospeed plugin – which essentially impacts in a similar vein to what causes the issues for pilots and controllers.

Whilst VATSIM are fully aware that this may not be a popular change with X-Plane users, it has been deemed important to the vast majority of people after a year and a half of data collection. With many pilots and controllers reporting the issue, VATSIM deems it necessary to take these measures.

The original statement can be found on the VATSIM website, along with a list of tools available to help users get the best frame rates for a smooth experience on the VATSIM network.

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[Updated] VATSIM Sets Connections Limits For The Weekend

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Following the successful launch of the new Audio for VATSIM at the beginning of the week, VATSIM has released a statement regarding the maximum number of connections on the VATSIM network for the upcoming weekend. Due to the lack of stability of the voice server when the amount of users exceeds a little over 1,000 users, the Board of Governors
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Audio For VATSIM Launches

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Flipping the switch earlier than expected, VATSIM has announced that Audio For VATSIM is now active. Featuring an all-new modern audio codec, the transition now allows for vastly improved audio quality on the online air traffic control network. A post on the VATSIM website says connection restrictions have been removed and Audio For VATSIM is available for everyone. The post
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VATSIM Cross The Pond Slot Bookings Open Today

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In a short tweet, VATSIM has confirmed the opening of the Cross The Pond Eastbound 2019 pilot slots booking. The reservations will start today (October 6th) at 1800Z. The booking opening is gradual and will be as follows: 1800Z - MCO/ORD slots 1830Z - MIA slots 1900Z - YYZ/BOS slots 1930Z - JFK slots The chosen airfield for this year's
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Cross the Pond Eastbound Airfields Confirmed

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On October 26th, the virtual skies will be full of flight simmers travelling across the Atlantic. The bi-annual event is one of the largest on the VATSIM network, with over a 1000 pilots taking part. Earlier this year, voting was open for the event airports and those votes have now been counted with the airports chosen now confirmed.

The airports confirmed are as follows:

Departure:

KBOS Boston Airport

KJFK John F Kennedy Airport (New York)

KMCO Orlando International

KMIA Miami International

KORD Chicago O’Hare International Airport

CYYZ Toronto Pearson International Airport

Arrival:

EHAM Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

EKCH Copenhagen Airport

EIDW Dublin Airport

EGLL London Heathrow

EDDM Munich Airport

EPWA Warsaw Chopin Airport

Of course, those partaking in the event don’t have to fly to or from the above-listed airports, but these will be where the slots are available to pilots for a timely departure. If you choose to partake without a slot or from a non-event airport, then you may face delays.

Slot bookings will open shortly for those looking to fly to / from any of those airports.

Don’t forget, Audio for VATSIM will be available for wide-spread use on October 14th – making this the first Cross the Pond event to make use of the new features and clear voice technology.

Which airports will you fly from?

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Audio For VATSIM Launch Date Announced

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In a press release, VATSIM has provided us with details announcing the release date of Audio For VATSIM, their brand new voice technology, which is set to launch on Monday the 14th of October 2019. VATSIM state that this is the dawn of the next generation of online flight simulation. This will be the biggest and innovative technological change to
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VATSIM Cross The Pond 2019 Eastbound Voting Open

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VATSIM has opened the polls for choosing the airports that will be featured during their bi-annual CTP event. Only VATSIM members are allowed to vote. They are asked to pick one departure and one arrival airport among twelve choices for each. The event will be eastbound this time. VATSIM CTP events are the busiest events of the VATSIM community. They
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xPilot Beta Client Now Available for Testing

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Announced a week or so ago on Chewwy94's live stream, the xPilot client is a brand new client for X-Plane users when flying on the online network VATSIM. xPilot is now available to download if you're part of the Audio For VATSIM Beta Test program. If you are part of that beta testing program, then you can simply head over
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[Update: New Info] XPilot for X-Plane Announced

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Update 25-Aug-19 @ 15:55: We have reached to Simfest and they confirmed to us the new client for XPilot users will be made available to AFV Beta users later this week. You will need to be accepted but you can request a sign-up here. == Original Article: Twitch streamer, Chewwy94 has shared the news that a client to connect X-Plane
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