Jump to content
Andrew Gransden

atc-software UK Controller Plugin - EGGD Squawk Codes

Recommended Posts

Andrew Gransden

UKCP is allocating the wrong squawks to VFR traffic departures leaving the Control Zone at EGGD. It is using the Radar Use ones (5050-5077 except 5070) and not 5070 used for all zone departures.VFR circuits all use 7010 [EGGD vMAT2]

Edited by Andrew Gransden

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Callum Axon

I'd argue that this case is so specific that manual intervention would not be a bad thing. If I'm on APP handling a VFR departure, I'm likely to allocate a discrete squawk for the purposes of identification (regardless of whether they would like service, in which case I can use it for conspicuity) so this would only ever occur when TWR and APP are online. It could be extremely difficult to detect this particular situation because an aircraft might be doing a local flight (flight plan says GD to GD) and be classed as a VFR departure to a human controller but to the outside observer (i.e. the plugin), this is a standard VFR circuit. Unlike IFR, we don't necessarily have the ability to firmly compute whether or not a flight is a VFR departure and Bristol being a special case here. Just my two cents.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Andy Ford

This is a special case that to my knowledge applies to only a few aerodromes where there's a special squawk just for VFR leavers that gets used when TWR and APP are online. Whenever I (and others I know) am covering GD top-down, I'll assign a discreet squawk because chances are I'll want to provide some sort of service that requires verification of Mode C.

The local squawk functionality is primarily there to allow controllers to keep on top of their local squawk ranges when providing LARS services or dealing with overflights. We may consider an option to disable local squawk allocations on a per-profile basis, so that controllers may disable it at GD if they so wish. However, this is not something that can be realistically be built into the plugin - it's difficult at best to accurately determine what an aircraft intends to do (especially on non-standard VFR flightplans) and the number of conditional statements would be difficult to maintain.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in



Sign In Now

  • Similar Content

    • James van Hankins
      By James van Hankins
      Hi everyone
      I'm sure this has probably been answered before so apologies if there is some repetition of the topic. I've set up my ES to automatically download the UK sector file updates but I don't think it automatically installs them...
      Am I supposed to do something when the file has downloaded? Would someone mind replying with a step by step style instruction so I can get it updated? :) In particular, the FRANE departures from Gatwick are missing for me so wanted to update to the correct version.
      Thank you in advance!
      Jamie
    • Mike Jasinski
      By Mike Jasinski
      So i have no idea whats happened with my Euroscope. I was using it this evening, everything seemed to work fine.
      I closed it after use - no issues. Meanwhile  i ran an update on iTunes and Apple Updater. (not sure if this is relevant, just adding it to show that i didnt do anything else in between)
      I came back to Euroscope after an hour.
      First odd issue, I had a shortcut on my start menu to euroscope. This didnt open it in the way it normaly does, instead i started to try and install Euroscope, however it seems to fail giving me the following error:

       
      So I cancel and go direct to where ES is installed - C:\Program Files (x86)\EuroScope - ES opens fine, presenting me with my usual option of opening a profile file i.e MANCHESTER COMBINED .prf or GENERIC COMBINED .prf
      When i select (for eg.) GENERIC, my ES open up in the 'vanilla' seup as below:

      I get a message with  the following:


      etc etc
      I have no idea whats happened. I'm trying to avoid a complete re-install of ES and all my plugins as i really dont want to have to lose all my settings.
      Anyone have any idea whats happened here? 
      Thanks for any help!
       
    • Luke Brown
      By Luke Brown
      Is there any any logic to the display of the aircraft type and wake category with the plugin?
      Having essentially ported from VCA, I note that any string within the filed a/c type is also displayed, and somewhat limits the UK wake category.
      i.e. if someone has filed A319/L or H/B77L/X the plugin will display A319/L/M or H/B77L/X/H respectively. (doesn't fit nicely in my 7 character box)
      The only method to get a correct display is to remove the other bits the person has filed, to just leave the correct ICAO code.
      EuroScope itself seems to be able to ignore the FAA equipment code that people file, but this part of the plugin doesn't.
      Maybe this will all be fixed when VATSIM finally moves to the ICAO flight plan format?
      Cheers,
      Luke
      P.s. Good Work!
    • Leishemba Soibam
      By Leishemba Soibam
      Recently while I was controlling as EGKK_GND and EGKK_DEL I have encountered some problems regarding radio communication. Pilots are complaining that I am not responding to them, the thing is I wont be able to hear any of the transmissions from the pilots until and unless I transmit to them after that I will be able to hear the transmissions from them and again after few minutes the problem started again. 
    • Harry Sugden
      By Harry Sugden
      So, I've been mentioning a few little EuroScope things to people recently, often with a reply of 'oh, I didn't know you could do that?!'. So let's please share anything you think might be a little quirky, and maybe we can all learn a thing or two...
      'GRABBING' THE TEXT CHAT
      Press Ctrl+Up Arrow Key, and you'll 'grab' the previous line in the text chat down into the command line.  Other SET -> Save chat to a file / Save chat to a clipboard CREATING A FLIGHTPLAN FOR AN AIRCRAFT
      VFR flight with no FP, and you want to create one based on their report? Or at least record details of depa/dest/type etc.? ASEL the aircraft, either by clicking on it somewhere (tag/voice room) or by typing (part of) its callsign and pressing the numpad +. Then F1 followed by the a key (or simply type .am), and press the numpad + again. OR F1, then the a key (or simply type .am), then click on the aircraft. RELEASING A TAG
      If General Settings -> Misc Options -> Use hovering TAG for key commands is ticked, then hover over an aircraft's tag and press Shift+F4. It'll drop the tag (i.e. not initiate handover). Or ASEL the aircraft, Shift+F4, and press numpad +. Anyone got anything else...?
      (any references to numpad + - the ASEL key - are assuming you haven't changed the default in General Settings)
×