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Here's a real test for you, I'm using VCA out in Pakistan OPKC and although I have the range set in general settings it is issuing random squawks

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Craig Phillips

We had some concerns that the wrong squawk codes were being assigned to our aircraft - particularly VFR. What system are you using to generate the squawks?

The codes come from the SSR code assignment plan. If some ranges are missing, let me know and I shall fill them in ;)

Currently the plugin doesn't differentiate between IFR/VFR traffic, but is planned for a future release. But for the time being a local squawk can be overridden.

Here's a real test for you, I'm using VCA out in Pakistan OPKC and although I have the range set in general settings it is issuing random squawks

Probably because you're being a noob as usual, just kidding!

Send me over the codes and I shall add them to the system ;)

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Jamie Fox

Thanks Craig, this is excellent news. I'm very much looking forward to no longer having to set 'degrading trails' every time I start EuroScope!

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Paul Williams

The codes come from the SSR code assignment plan. If some ranges are missing, let me know and I shall fill them in ;)

Currently the plugin doesn't differentiate between IFR/VFR traffic, but is planned for a future release. But for the time being a local squawk can be overridden.

Lovely - sounds good to me!

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Wycliffe Barrett

We had some concerns that the wrong squawk codes were being assigned to our aircraft - particularly VFR. What system are you using to generate the squawks?

The codes come from the SSR code assignment plan. If some ranges are missing, let me know and I shall fill them in ;)

Currently the plugin doesn't differentiate between IFR/VFR traffic, but is planned for a future release. But for the time being a local squawk can be overridden.

Here's a real test for you, I'm using VCA out in Pakistan OPKC and although I have the range set in general settings it is issuing random squawks

Probably because you're being a noob as usual, just kidding!

Send me over the codes and I shall add them to the system ;)

Craig

if you could slip these in we would be eternally grateful, might even buy you a bacon butty at FSC Weston if your going.

http://vatwa.net/resources/atcstuff/codes

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Wycliffe Barrett

Looks like Craig has inputted the VATWA codes as VCA is working like a charm.

WB

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Michael Pike

I've used it a few times in anger now and it's great. I had given up on degrading trails along time ago and just got used to them so it's nice to have them back (and fading as well). Now the countdown timer stays on the screen as well when you switch .asr views - with Final Countdown it used to disappear. (The hold lists in UK Hold Manager do that as well!)

But squawk code assignment is the best thing since sliced bread for me! It simulates the idea that they are allocated by another agency like in the real world. This simulation is broken though by the fact that it allocates "airways" squawks to all flight plans including those that re not going into the airways. This is not directly related to flight rules (they're not relevant for squawk allocation in the UK), however the difficulty is a fool-proof method of determining when a flight plan does not use airways - of course VFR flights could always be left out since they can't use airways, in the UK at least.

I would like to see VFR flight plans left out of the code assignment process. ES itself does a very good job of auto-assigning local codes. In the meantime we simply have to ignore the vca allocated code for any flight not using airways and assign our own local code and overwirte.

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Phill Powell

I've used it a few times in anger now and it's great. I had given up on degrading trails along time ago and just got used to them so it's nice to have them back (and fading as well). Now the countdown timer stays on the screen as well when you switch .asr views - with Final Countdown it used to disappear. (The hold lists in UK Hold Manager do that as well!

Hi Mike,

I used to get that problem until I realised that the position of FCD is defined in each asr file. For some reason it can trundle off the screen.

You can just edit it back in word.

PLUGIN:Final Count Down:FCDSHOW:TRUE

PLUGIN:Final Count Down:FCDXPOS:1360

PLUGIN:Final Count Down:FCDYPOS:253

I aim for 100 by 100 as below, which puts it back on the screen, and then move it as required on ES.

PLUGIN:Final Count Down:FCDSHOW:TRUE

PLUGIN:Final Count Down:FCDXPOS:100

PLUGIN:Final Count Down:FCDYPOS:100

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Paul Williams

I've used it a few times in anger now and it's great. I had given up on degrading trails along time ago and just got used to them so it's nice to have them back (and fading as well). Now the countdown timer stays on the screen as well when you switch .asr views - with Final Countdown it used to disappear. (The hold lists in UK Hold Manager do that as well!

Hi Mike,

I used to get that problem until I realised that the position of FCD is defined in each asr file. For some reason it can trundle off the screen.

You can just edit it back in word.

PLUGIN:Final Count Down:FCDSHOW:TRUE

PLUGIN:Final Count Down:FCDXPOS:1360

PLUGIN:Final Count Down:FCDYPOS:253

I aim for 100 by 100 as below, which puts it back on the screen, and then move it as required on ES.

PLUGIN:Final Count Down:FCDSHOW:TRUE

PLUGIN:Final Count Down:FCDXPOS:100

PLUGIN:Final Count Down:FCDYPOS:100

Phill

Just a quick one - be careful editing any configuration file or similar in Word - it can introduce some very odd formatting code without you realising and cause you some massive issues. Much better (and safer!) to use Notepad!

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Phill Powell

A good point Paul, though I have to say I've not yet been bitten by it.

Maybe I'm just lucky :D

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Kieran Hardern

If the flightplan doesn't have a route that ES recognises as going through one of the UK exit points, then VCA can't find an appropriate intention code - so resorts to the ICAO.

In this case it's probably the Brecon/Barcelona problem. People filing UN859 BCN from somewhere like HON or KIDLI gets interpreted by ES as Brecon rather than Barcelona - and so it thinks it goes DCT BCN and then DCT to whatever the next waypoint is issued. Typically on London we alter the flightplan to "UN859 PUMAL UN859 BCN" which typically sorts the problem. Sadly this is just a strange quirk as to how ES interprets routes and not something wrong with VCA.

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Johan Grauers

Is there any way to make a plugin that will look at flight plans and replace UN859 BCN with UN859 PUMAL UN859 BCN? Perhaps if the route does not go through a recognised exit fix?

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Michael Pike

UKA used to display Intention Code ZZ in this circumstance. VCA gives the destination instead of ZZ .

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Johan Grauers

I just had VCA assign two consecutive FF flights from LL the same squawk (3411), is this a bug?

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Craig Phillips

I just had VCA assign two consecutive FF flights from LL the same squawk (3411), is this a bug?

Hi Johan,

Yup it was a bug. The server determined when the squawk code was first used instead of when it was last used, hence why it thought it could reuse the code. It has now been fixed. How's that for a service? Good spot!

No need to re-download VCA either as all the changes were done server side ;)

Regards

Craig

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