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vNAAATS Open Beta release v1.3 & a short introduction to the plugin.

Andrew Ogden

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Andrew Ogden

Hi all,

I am pleased to be able to announce the release of the vNAAATS open beta version 1.3b2. This version features numerous improvements to performance and stability as well as extra features and bug fixes.

Full changelog (original beta release, please see subsequent hotfixes 1 & 2 for additional information): https://github.com/vNAAATS/vatsim-NAAATS/releases/tag/v1.3b
To use vNAAATS, please download the GNG package here: http://files.aero-nav.com/EXCXO. Simply drop the extracted folder anywhere you like and open the .prf file.

I understand that vNAAATS may be an unfamiliar tool to many of you, so I have written a short introduction about what vNAAATS is and how it can make your life easier as an oceanic controller:

The Virtual North Atlantic Advanced Air Traffic System (or vNAAATS) is inspired by the Gander Advanced Air Traffic System + (GAATS+) HMI installed IRL at Gander and Prestwick. vNAAATS has been in development for over a year and in that time we have seen our fair share of drawbacks, but development has increased over the last several months, primarily targeting the persistent performance and stability issues reported over the course of the plugin's deployment and reducing the amount of non functional UI.

The plugin aims to replicate many of the features found on the GAATS+ software with a VATSIM flair. On top of its numerous quality-of-life features such as custom conflict tools and alerts, smart filtering mechanics, and a custom ruler, the plugin provides a solution for the problem of assigning data to tags that the controller does not own by utilising a custom network, storing aircraft profiles and clearance data which are synced to all other online plugin users.

In addition to the plugin, a Flight Data Display (FDD) replicating the one found on GAATS+ has been in development and is included as a feature of this update. The FDD serves information submitted to the network in 'strip' form, rendering live within your web browser in real time as data is updated via the plugin, and displays any natTrak clearance data that a particular aircraft may have. Domestic and adjacent oceanic sectors can make use of the FDD as I have left it public for the benefit of our neighbours who often rely on this information. At this current time, I am aware of some potential UI scaling issues which can be worked-around for now by using your browser's scroll feature.

Features to come include sorting and filtering of strips and a 'pending' list of provisional natTrak clearances. 

I invite every oceanic controller to check out the plugin and make use of the added functionality not provided by vanilla Euroscope. Optimising and improving the oceanic control experience on VATSIM has been my desire for a long time and I hope that you find this to be enjoyable and realistic.

Feedback is always welcome, so I have set up a discord server so that people can quickly receive the help and advice they need.

Website: https://vnaaats.net/

Discord: https://discord.gg/7bHtYNuxdx

Please also find attached an oceanic clearance 'how to' through vNAAATS guide kindly written by David Solesvik. We are working on updating the manual, so in the meantime don't hesitate to reach out.





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