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Announcements and News / ACVacars - Progress of Development
« Last post by Pete (CEO) on December 05, 2018, 05:36:15 AM »
Latest: 21 July 2019

--- ACVacars, Changelog: ---

Version 0.9.1.7:
- Changed, to .NET 4.7.2
- Changed, FlightLog, Flaps to zero, now shows also speed kts
- Changed, FlightLog, TO/Touch-Down text "weather" instead "METAR"
- Added, Start flight, autoload flightplan if already existing
- Added, NoGo-error: Cheating, change aircraft type during flight
- Added, StartUp, check sufficient available Fsuipc version
- Optimized, Code, Minor content

Version 0.9.1.6:
- Changed, to Version 3.1.11 of Fsuipc.net dll
- Changed, StatusText, Updating more often, text and progressbar
- Changed, NoGo-Error, Swap position, algorithm
- Changed, Autosavegame, not anymore created if NoGo-Error has happened
- Changed, Savegame, Save/Load fueltank-values in lbs
- Changed, frmShowContent, ShowFormLogic
- Changed, Program and InternetConn encryption, from 3DES to AES256
- Added, Encryption mode AES256
- Added, frmSettings, cbx FSims, lists only installed FSims now
- Added, DownloadCenter, Autocopy new Flightplans to FSim-folder
- Added, DownloadCenter, cbx FSims, lists only installed FSims now
- Added, DownloadCenter, AutoDownloadInstall considers all installed FSims at once
- Added, DownloadCenter, ContextMenu, Item Show FanMod ChangeLog
- Added, DownloadCenter, Show installation report after all
- Added, FanMods cannot be downloaded/installed without acceptance of its licence
- Added, Acars not executable if Acars-licence not accepted by user
- Added, Licence mechanism, Acars and FanMods
- Added, frmWeather, Temp TAT for weather at aircraft position
- Added, Flight, boarding phase, change payload, now minimum crew required
- Added, Fuelload-/Payload-Manager
- Added, layout with DPI-awareness
- Added, SendPirep, Reconnect profile after sending
- Fixed, DownloadCenter, Uninstall, Deletion of Installer working again
- Optimized, WebRequests with TSL/SSL
- Optimized, frmSettings, tab Weather, logic improved
- Optimized, Code, Minor content

Version 0.9.1.5:
- Changed, to Version 3.1.10 of Fsuipc.net dll
- Changed, Total flight time, not calculated anymore, again just taken from websiteVA
- Added, FSim, show FSim-message if enforcement of a VA-rule during flight
- Added, DownloadCenter, tab miscellaneous
- Added, DownloadCenter, tab flightplans
- Added, Autosaving-function, saves flight every x minutes, with keeping five saves max
- Added, FsuipcNet-PayloadService-Connection error bypass handling
- Added, NoGo-error: additional reporting in errorlog if test-mode
- Added, NoGo-error: Cheating, swap of aircraft position
- Added, Boarding, payload-stations, changing values ok if not exceeding total value
- Added, Start flight, now aborts if P3D is still in startup-screen-mode
- Added, Start flight, FlightNumber now transmitted to FSim ATC
- Fixed, Start flight, unprecise calculation of empty cargo capacity
- Fixed, FSim pause increments pause-counter, algorithm
- Fixed, Profile-settings, Auto pause close to arrival, now ignores max allowed pauses
- Optimized, DownloadCenter, download-algorithm
- Optimized, Statusbar, progress and distance, algorithm
- Optimized, Timer, measurement of timediff in millisec
- Optimized, MsgBox, procs
- Optimized, Auto-Update process of main program
- Optimized, Profile-settings, User friendly auto procs choosing weather source
- Optimized, Code, Minor content

Version 0.9.1.4:
- Changed, Profile-setting, Auto pause close to arrival, now ignores max allowed pauses
- Changed, Update, Now differs between more modes: Dev, TestInhouse, ClosedBeta, OpenBeta, Release
- Changed, Distance to ArrArpt, Doing calculation offline not online anymore
- Added, Unauthorized change of fuelload-values sets them back automatically
- Added, Unauthorized change of payload-values sets them back automatically
- Added, Login, Block if program version not meets required version given by WebsiteVA
- Added, Flight, Choosable Yes/No: Show inflight message while saving game-situation
- Added, frmWeather, Button for showing weather settings
- Added, Weather source, now choosable: Flight-Sim itself, ActiveSky32or64bit, Vatsim.net
- Added, frmSettings, weather tab
- Added, FSim, Check if running FSim version matches version of current profile setting
- Fixed, frmSettings/Pirep, Label-enable is false if set in phpFile
- Fixed, FSim, Creating savegame by external acars-program works again
- Fixed, Update, Comparing program/update versions fixed
- Fixed, FSim, Message-texts from program appear correctly
- Fixed, Sending flight to websiteVA, now with correct flighttype-value (Cargo or Passenger)
- Fixed, NoGo-error: Landing-gear down while speeding, now checks IAS and not TAS anymore
- Optimized, Sending Pirep, check-proc if pirep already exists
- Optimized, Calculation progressbar and distance to depart/arriv airports
- Optimized, Code, Minor content

Version 0.9.1.3:
- Changed, NoGo-error, only refueling is still punished, not dumping anymore
- Changed, Updated to FSUIPC Client DLL v.3.1.5
- Changed, installer-concept server/program
- Added, NoGo-error: Taking-off with spoilers extended
- Added, New flight, flightlog at beginning, now contains real-world date/time too
- Added, Auto-savegame after landing while taxiing to gate/cargo
- Added, Auto-savegame shortly after takeoff
- Added, Loading savegame, protection, autopilot, fly current heading instead of wrong/old waypoint
- Added, frmFlight, menu for just loading a saved flight-plan to FSim manually
- Added, blocks opening integrated webbrowser if no internet connection existing
- Added, frmMain, checklist-menu, showing downloaded checklists and clickable for opening
- Added, frmDownloadCenter, file-items, context-menu
- Added, frmDownloadCenter, handling checklist-file-types, pdf and xml
- Added, frmDownloadCenter, concept and main functions (auto download, install, uninstall)
- Added, frmSettings/General, show VA-Signature-Graphic of choosen pilot
- Added, frmStartupScreen graphic can be customized if wished
- Fixed, Data transfer to server, sorted out error "510 not extended" in some cases
- Fixed, Misinterpretation of heading-mag and heading-true
- Fixed, Smaller-error: parking-brakes, now only checking while on ground
- Optimized, Code, Showing VA-messages (breaking news, standard news)
- Optimized, Code, Showing current flight-status
- Optimized, Code, while loading savegame, more reliable loading flight-plan
- Optimized, error handling if no internet-connection exists or php-file is corrupt
- Optimized, Code, Minor content

Version 0.9.1.2:
- Changed, Default-picture of startup screen
- Added, FlightStatus: While pushing back, so called flight status is being shown
- Added, Autosave: After reaching distance to destination-airport less than 700nm
- Added, Autosave: After having flown half of total distance to destination-airport
- Added, NoGo-error: Activating parking-brakes at speed faster than 80 kts
- Added, Smaller-error: Activating parking-brakes at speed faster than 10 kts
- Added, Smaller-error: Never reaching bid flight-level (never TOC)
- Added, StartFlight, Payload stations, fill empty station with default value before calculating
- Added, frmMain, Menu Help, New entry showing deactivated pilot-errors/penalties
- Added, Version Incompatible Profile, Show MsgBox, Info not deleting LogbookMain files
- Fixed, Version Incompatible Profile, don't delete LogbookMain files anymore
- Optimized, SendFlightReport, more detailed info about sending-result of PIREP-logtext to WebsiteVA
- Optimized, ErrorReporting, if server-transfer error occures
- Optimized, Code, Minor content

Version 0.9.1.1:
- Changed, Improved declaration of current flight-status
- Changed, program compiled with VS 2017 and not anymore with VS 2015
- Added, Keep FSimRate within certain range according to WebsiteVA
- Added, Principle of LogbookMain as second but main logbook of profile
- Added, FSim-Connection lost but running-flight, aircraft-icon on livemap WebsiteVA gets invisible
- Added, SendFlightReport, max-chars values now from WebsiteVA and only hardcoded as backup
- Added, SendFlightReport, Cut with note in the middle a logtext exceeding max char-length of WebsiteVA
- Added, SendFlightReport, second comment with listed pilot-errors in detail
- Added, frmSettings, txbVAcode now hidden with password-char, viewable by button-press
- Added, P3Dv4 compatibility
- Fixed, NOGo-errors: Change fuel, change payload during flight
- Fixed, Smaller-error: Thrust > 40% while parking-brakes ON only penalty if at least one engine running
- Fixed, Procs set back FSim Config files (Prepar3D_Default.fxml, Prepar3D_Default.wx)
- Fixed, Procs delete FSim-shader folder
- Fixed, wrong pausing FSim if close to arrival airport
- Fixed, Minor content
- Optimized, FlightStatus, variants general status
- Optimized, Code, if no internet-connection exists
- Optimized, Code, Activate existing profile
- Optimized, Code, Minor content

Version 0.9.1.0:
- Changed, Code, Bypass loading a flight-situation in FSim
- Changed, Code, Folder Logbook, keep old-version pirep-files and not only at the archive
- Changed, Code, Checking program version
- Changed, Code, TimerHandling, reduced number of Fsuipc-readouts
- Added, FlightPhase "Taxiing", creates auto-savegame now
- Added, Before start flight, (re)check once more if flight-bid still exists on WebsiteVA
- Added, frmMain, textbox with current flight status
- Added, Savegame, Save/Load payload person+cargo and onlyCargo
- Added, Changing payload fuel and payload cargo only allowed during phase "boarding"
- Added, FlightLog, Possibility to show or not time-acceleration
- Added, Loading savegame, increment nbr of loading only after some time
- Added, frmShowContentTextfiles, Button for printing content of textbox
- Added, Smaller-error: Rolling/Taxiing with exceeding cargo-payload
- Added, NoGo-error: Take-off with exceeding cargo-payload
- Added, NoGo-error: Changing fuel during flight
- Added, NoGo-error: Changing payload during flight
- Added, Comm with server, encryption of crucial data during transfer process
- Added, StartUp Program, Check syntax-integrity of ACVacars.php if connection to server is possible
- Added, WebsiteVA-settings, min altitude below not possible to accelerate FSim-time (if set by admin)
- Added, WebsiteVA-settings, min altitude below not possible to pause (if set by admin)
- Fixed, Minor content
- Optimized, Code, Minor content

Version 0.9.0.9:
- Added, Flight-Start-Log, after auto-cut-engines and/or auto-open-door, wait some sec. to let it happen in FSim
- Added, Check internet-connection before starting a flight, block if no connection
- Added, Check internet-connection before stop-and-evaluate a flight, block if no connection
- Added, Check internet-connection before sending PIREP, block if no connection
- Added, Flight-Status "Top-Of-Descend (TOD)"
- Added, Moment of reaching Top-Of-Descend (TOD): A default auto-savegame is being created
- Added, Moment of reaching Top-Of-Climb (TOC): A default auto-savegame is being created
- Added, Short after Touch-Down at arrival airport: A default auto-savegame is being created
- Added, Moment of Take-Off and Touch-Down: METAR-data are printed into log
- Added, frmListBids, fourth column with aircraft registration nbr.
- Added, frmListBids, new button "Add a Flight-Bid"
- Added, frmMain, frmWebBrowser, new menu-item "Flight Schedules/AddBid"
- Added, frmMain aircraft obj, new labels alt radio, alt true
- Added, Send pirep, total of pilot-errors now mentioned in comment-summary
- Added, Pause FSim with message after a No-Go error has occured
- Added, profile-settings, keep main program window always on top if wished
- Added, NoGo-error: Spoilers out at very low radio-altitude
- Added, NoGo-error: Cut-off all engines while being in the air
- Added, Some ACVacars messages are now showed enforced within flight-sim
- Added, Check new version of ACVacars before each start of a flight
- Changed, MsgBox is now placed in the middle of the program and not the screen anymore
- Changed, frmMain now shows outside air temperature as TAT and not as OAT anymore
- Changed, Penalty-Logic of baro-mismatch TakeOff and Landing
- Fixed, Miscalculation total number of loaded savegames and CTD-savegames
- Fixed, Problem with converting time-formats
- Fixed, Loading savegame out of FSim did not let load flight-bid correctly
- Fixed, frmMain obj enabled=true even if no last-bid is available
- Fixed, Minor content
- Optimized, Code, Minor content

Version 0.9.0.8:
- ALPHA release
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Bug Reporting - AddOns / Known bugs with the (vanilla) JustFlight DC-10-30F
« Last post by Pete (CEO) on February 05, 2018, 04:51:14 AM »
Install_DC10HD_200.exe:
- VC, Flaps-lever, wrong tooltip-text for 35 and 50 degrees
- Opening Main-Door with 2D-doors-gauge does not trigger variable "EXIT OPEN:0", meaning no door variable trigger similar to Shift-E
- Loading savegame: Lights-settings not loaded properly
- Loading savegame: TCAS-setting not loaded properly
- Auto-Throttle adjusts speed too slowly
- Rudder is not effective enough
- Graphical outdated 2D-gauges
- VC, APU, after starting-up, main-switch jumps not back from "Start" to "Norm" automatically
- Multi-color FMS looks too modern for this elder aircraft, better would be single-green colored font
- DC-10-30F, unrealistic range with maximum fuel. Currently is 5600nm, more realistic would be 6600nm, missing 1000nm of range with max fuel
- Textures of the three engines are sometimes slightly different colored compared with mainbody-texture, depending on light-conditions
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Bug Reporting - AddOns / Known bugs with the (vanilla) CaptainSim B737
« Last post by Pete (CEO) on February 05, 2018, 04:49:41 AM »
Known bugs with Version 2.2 (P3Dv4):
- LogoIllumination switch does not activate Logo lights.
- WingIllumination switch activates Logo lights too.
- Taxi-Lights do not enlighten the ground ahead
- Freighter-model, texture-bug of livery, false polygon showing around main cargo door in outside view mode at bright day light conditions
- VC, night, (dynamic) lighting, the instrument-panel appears in bright white tone but the other VC parts in dark-red tone. Bright-white and dark-red light as background tone do not match a the same time
- TCAS, showing the own aircraft as contact
- Loading savegame: Settings weather-radar not loaded
- Loading savegame: Settings TCAS not loaded
- Loading savegame: Settings speed bugs not loaded
- Loading savegame: Settings of "Altitude reminder/warner" not loaded

Known bugs with Version 2.1 (P3Dv4):
- Taxi-Lights enlighten the lower inside of the virtual cockpit (only at day-light conditions; not always happening)
- Landing-Lights enlighten the ground/runway by far too bright (even at day time the runway is almost white)
- Freighter-model, texture-bug of livery, false polygon showing around main cargo door in outside view mode at bright day light conditions
- VC, night, (dynamic) lighting, the instrument-panel appears in bright white tone but the other VC parts in dark-red tone. Bright-white and dark-red light as background tone do not match a the same time
- TCAS, showing the own aircraft as contact
- Loading savegame: Settings weather-radar not loaded
- Loading savegame: Settings TCAS not loaded
- Loading savegame: Settings speed bugs not loaded
- Loading savegame: Settings of "Altitude reminder/warner" not loaded


Known bugs with Version 1.8 and Version 2.002:
- Broken variable <A:LIGHT TAXI> not (fully) linked with the switch in the virtual cockpit
- Broken variable <A:LIGHT NAV> not (fully) linked with the switch in the virtual cockpit
- Logo-light switch has a wrong tooltip-text
- Strobe-light switch has a partly wrong tooltip-text; switch should also mention "strobe" and not only "position"
- Beacon-light (fx file) shining through the roof and the wall of the VC
- B737-200F: Unrealistic max. ceiling altitude of 52'000 ft and more. Realistic is between 37'000 to 38'000 ft
- Open/Close cockpit-door (inboard-door between cockpit and cargo-compartment)  has no sound-effect
- No profile pre-existing of B-737-200F for GSX of FSDreamTeam
- B-737-200F version: Only three instead of seven cargo-container-compartments as in reality
- The tail fin is not enlightened during night with logo-lights set in the VC
- After loading the aircraft within P3D the engines are running (so far so good) but GEN1 and GEN2 are not already connected
- Outside-view: Texture-bug beside maindoor at bright day-light conditions
- Cargo-liveries are missing the line in aircraft.cfg: "atc_parking_types=RAMP, CARGO"
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Bug Reporting - AddOns / Known bugs with the (vanilla) CaptainSim B727
« Last post by Pete (CEO) on February 05, 2018, 04:47:53 AM »
Known bugs with Version 2.7:
- After loading a savegame the lights (landing lights, taxi lights, etc.) are not set correctly.
- After loading a savegame the value of alert altitude is not set correctly
- After loading a savegame one of the two autopilot main-switches is not set correctly
- After loading a savegame the switch FD-Mode-Selector and FD-Pitch is not set correctly
- After loading a savegame, the settings of the weather radar are not loaded properly
- The vc night texture of the switch Nav/GPS is wrong
- Switching to red light doesn't change the dynamic light in vc to red
- Gear up or gear down does not start any sound-effect
- Flight-Engineer: Galley switches show OFF but mean ON and vice versa
- On ground with no engines and no APU running but connected with external power, runs out of energy bug with part-time freezing of the cockpit knobs and switches
- Weather radar in VC, in zero position the tilt knob should look to left and not up, as it is shown on the gauge, so weather radar VC<->Gauge do not match
- Broken variable <A:LIGHT BEACON>, not (fully) linked with the switch in the virtual cockpit
- Broken variable <A:LIGHT LOGO> not (fully) linked with the switch in the virtual cockpit
- Broken variable <A:LIGHT TAXI> not (fully) linked with the switch in the virtual cockpit
- Broken variable <A:LIGHT NAV> not (fully) linked with the switch in the virtual cockpit
- Flight-Engineer: External Power Switch ON/OFF not always working. Seems that after being in the air and back on ground it is not possible anymore to activate it. It is blocked in deactivated position.
- Cargo-liveries are missing the line in aircraft.cfg: "atc_parking_types=RAMP, CARGO"
- Door/Item Gauge: The buttons do not show if a door is open or not, the buttons stay gray instead of becoming green

The following sound files are missing in P3D version of CS B727 v.2.7:
- [GEAR_UP_WARNING_SOUND]
- [STALL_WARNING]
- [EXIT_OPEN]
- [EXIT_CLOSE]
- [OVERSPEED_WARNING_SOUND]
- [AP_DISENGAGE_SOUND]
- [GLIDESLOPE_WARNING_SOUND]
- [GEAR_DOWN]
- [GEAR_UP]
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Bug Reporting - AddOns / Known bugs with the (vanilla) CaptainSim L-1011-200F
« Last post by Pete (CEO) on February 05, 2018, 04:44:14 AM »
Known bugs with Version 1.0 (P3Dv4):
- Outside model, speedbrake position not saved/reshown in replay-mode

Known bugs with Version 1.3 (P3Dv3):
- Outside model, speedbrake position not saved/reshown in replay-mode
- Startup routine of CS L-1011 overwrites third pilot position with cargo weight
- Broken variable <A:LIGHT NAV> both directions ON/OFF
- Broken variable <A:LIGHT BEACON ON/OFF> both directions ON/OFF
- Broken variable <K:STROBES_ON/OFF> both directions ON/OFF
- Broken variable <K:STROBES_ON/OFF> both directions ON/OFF
- Broken variable <A:LIGHT TAXI> both directions ON/OFF
- drag_scalar of flaps and body too strong
- cruise_lift_scalar too heigh, more realistic could be 0.65
- fuel_flow_scalar not realistic, my suggestion 0.91
- static_thrust too strong, more realistic could be 40000
- Loading savegame: weather radar, range value not set after loading
- Thrust lever/Throttle: Not showing percent of thrust in tooltip when mouse-over
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Public Discussion / TrackIR 5, Installation problems
« Last post by Pete (CEO) on December 26, 2016, 08:28:06 AM »
I had some problems installing TrackIR 5 on Win 64 Bit (Win7 and Win10) recently. The TrackIR installer 5.4.2 didn't install the drivers linked to the TrackIR-software. The software could not detect the TrackIR device but the driver was installed.

Bug:
The new(er) installers install the drivers not linked anymore with the trackir-usersoftware.

Solution:
Execute the old installer 5.3. Afterwards, install the user-software 5.4.2.
That solved the problem on Win7 64-Bit and Win10 64-Bit.
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Situation:
The L-1011 has three crew members in the cockpit.
Therefor three person-weight-spaces are needed in the aircraft.cfg.
The first cargo-weight space should be the fourth weight position in the aircraft.cfg.
Maybe this happens only with the freighter-version

Problem:
Whatever is written in the aircraft.cfg, the startup routines of CS L-1011 overwrite the third weight-position with the weight-lbs of cargo and not of a person (would be only around 170 lbs and not thousands of lbs as it is right now).

Solution:
The ACVacars is overwriting the wrong payload-station by itself.
That should solve the problem automatically.

Workaround:
Overwrite the third weight position manually with 170 lbs within the flight-sim in the fuel/payload menu after each loading of the aircraft.

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