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Rob Stephens

Guys.  I am aware of the new SIDs at some of our airfields (eg FRANE at EGKK).  In VCA we have codes such as '.vca s ' that allows sqks to be set and '.vca i ' that sets initial altitudes for SIDs.  But there is obviously some code that allows each SID to be assigned to a runway.  What is it?  Info is a tad light here.  Thanks

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Connor Faulder

I'm not 100% sure what you're referring to. Could you elaborate?

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Stuart Duncan

You have to manually set up the new SIDs with their associated altitudes.

 

 

.vca i    is what you need. 

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Harry Sugden

Perhaps you are referring to the sector file itself, and the SIDs contained within it that populate your departure list with information? The FRANE SIDs are included in the latest version: 

 

Of course, the pilots must also file via FRANE for it to appear in your departure list. 

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Rob Stephens

Thanks Harry.  New sct/ese downloaded and installed.  Loads easier than I feared.

Stuart - thanks for reply but '.vca i' only allows changing of the initial altitude.  I had tried and successfully added the FRANE SIDs to this list complete with initial altitudes only to find they were not in the vca pop-up list when reviewing SIDs while controlling.  That was why I asked about the information I was missing.

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Harry Sugden

No worries. Remember that VCA only refers to the squawk code and initial altitude settings. The drop-down list for SID selection has nothing to do with VCA. 🙂 

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Michael Pike

This discussion raises the question of whether the vca configurations that are included in the UK controller pack should be updated when they are affected by changes such as these new SIDs

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Luke Brown
14 hours ago, Michael Pike said:

This discussion raises the question of whether the vca configurations that are included in the UK controller pack should be updated when they are affected by changes such as these new SIDs

I second this, but due to the fact that there was a spat between the staff (hence why the plugin was removed from the controller pack) because Crag wouldn't open source the plugin, I doubt this will happen (silly right!). I believe there is work under way for a VATSIM UK developed plugin, no idea on the progress though.

!blamecrag

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Rob Stephens

Luke - don't blame Craig.  VCA is a really nice plug-in that works reliably.  Its just a shame that VATSIM couldn't work with him rather than the way it has gone.  Particularly as VATSIM didn't have a quick alternative ready to use.

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Anthony Lawrence
On 20/12/2018 at 11:01, Rob Stephens said:

Luke - don't blame Craig.  VCA is a really nice plug-in that works reliably.  Its just a shame that VATSIM couldn't work with him rather than the way it has gone.  Particularly as VATSIM didn't have a quick alternative ready to use.

https://squawks.vatsim.uk/ - was up in a few hours.  It's worth remembering that the full story was never shared, so the information out there is likely hearsay/Chinese whispers.

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Calum Towers
On 17/12/2018 at 09:48, Luke Brown said:

I believe there is work under way for a VATSIM UK developed plugin, no idea on the progress though.

Correct! 😄

Some final bits of work to do on Core to get it ready, Beta testing early to mid January with a handful of people and then hopefully release in late January / early February.

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