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The Flight Deck / Re: Advice for Megascenery Newbie Please
« on: April 19, 2019, 04:03:50 pm »

General Discussion / Re: Mode C Transponders
« on: December 09, 2018, 10:18:24 pm »
I always leave my transponder on when flying in the real world. There is no benefit to turn it off unless you are trying to hide from ATC. If I'm not speaking with anyone, I sure want them to be able to see where I'm at better in case they're pointing me out to someone else. I'm not really sure what realism you're trying to go for here... There are planes without transponders and I guess some people leave it off, but I'm not going to turn my transponder off just because I left a Mode C veil or entered class E airspace.

News / Re: Boston has a new DATM
« on: November 12, 2018, 01:30:14 pm »
Congrats HI, grill those cookies!

News / Re: Change in ZBW Leadership
« on: November 10, 2018, 09:08:03 pm »
Congrats Clif, glad to see a seasoned member in the ATM seat!

General Discussion / Re: We don't talk enough...
« on: November 09, 2018, 01:25:59 pm »
I'd like more transparency in the division regarding the state of VATUSA. We haven't held a townhall in quite some time and I feel like I'm out of the loop in terms of what is happening at the division level. I know that I, as well as other members of my facility, have questions and concerns about how the division is operating. I call question to sudden and frequent staff changes. As an outsider who is not a staff member (and does not have access to staff related forums), I cannot tell if this division is being run into the ground or not. While this division may not be a dictatorship, there are enough obscurity and lack of public forum that it is impossible to differentiate what is going on at upper levels from that of an authoritarian regime.

Regarding communications between ARTCCs, I find no issue in how ARTCCs are running right now. I have 8-10 ARTCC's teamspeak/discord information and find it fairly easy to just hop in and have conversations as desired. My ARTCC frequently sees guests from other ARTCCs participating in conversation.

General Discussion / Re: We don't talk enough...
« on: November 09, 2018, 01:13:16 pm »
By the way, if people want absolute realism, I hear there's some federal agency that'll pay you for absolute realism.  Can anybody confirm?
Some of us have different aspirations that your own. And some facilities have different aspirations as your own. To say that people in this division should not partake in realism if they so desire, is a disappointment. You diminish the value of other people's interests by making these egregious statements.

If I said "by the way, if people want absolute fun, I hear there's a bouncy castle and petting zoo they can go to," think about how that would come off to someone that wants to have fun.

News / Re: Washington's Newest Training Administrator
« on: October 27, 2018, 10:58:30 am »
Eyyyy Congrats!

Events / Re: [August 25th 2100z - 0200z] Miami Live 2018
« on: August 30, 2018, 02:59:20 pm »
Well done!  Great video.  Gave me the idea of highlighting aircraft after the handoff to the tower. (Useful)
A handful of places do this in the real world. In the Miami ATCT, they highlight aircraft once they've been cleared to land and in the TRACON, they highlight aircraft once they've been switched to tower.

News / Re: ZMA has Two New Staff Members
« on: August 03, 2018, 07:54:37 am »
Congrats, boys!

The Control Room Floor / DAT to SCT2 (and eventually XML)
« on: August 02, 2018, 01:49:45 am »
Hey folks,

I haven't been able to find a good converter from FAA .dat files to .sct2, so I wrote my own.
Unlike other converters, this one can convert multiple .dat files at once and name them appropriately in the outputted sector file.
At this time, it's still a work in progress. I intend to add compatibility to go straight from .dat to a file that could function with vSTARS (thus bypassing the use of SectorFileToVideoMap).

Download and Additional Information

Please let me know if you have any issues running the file, suggestions, etc.

The one I’m confused about is the 10% slide. If a plane’s going 180 over the ground, 18 nm seems excessively far.

General Discussion / Re: Keep Port Open
« on: April 14, 2018, 07:54:26 pm »
No. Operating systems don't allow two applications to bind to the same UDP port.
A solution idea - some lightweight software which would mute your mic input to vSTARS/vERAM/VRC and press your push to talk every 30 seconds or so. When you manually press your PTT, it works normally.

General Discussion / Re: Keep Port Open
« on: April 13, 2018, 11:32:24 pm »
This boils down to the fact that NAT sucks. It is a hack that was implemented to stretch the lifetime of the IPv4 address space. Most of the time, it works great, but things like this show its flaws.
Thanks for the input, do you have any recommendation?

General Discussion / Re: Keep Port Open
« on: April 11, 2018, 01:10:30 pm »
When I'm not on university WiFi, the clients work fine. It's the school's end that is causing the problems.
Perhaps someone could make a client to send an empty packet every 5-10 seconds through the ports used for voice.

EDIT: can someone provide me with the ports used for voice comms?

General Discussion / Keep Port Open
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:43:49 am »
I'm on a university WiFi network and as a result, I have to consistently (every 20-60 seconds) tap my PTT in order to keep the voice port open. If I don't do this, I cannot hear pilots on the frequency when I'm controlling.
I know others have experienced this issue in the past and I'm wondering what the best solution may be. I'm not sure if my university would be able to open ports for me.

Is there any application which may be able to send a small packet every few seconds in order to keep the port open? Any other suggestions on how to resolve this?

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