ACARS is now accepting VAs for its automated PIREP system. Currently there are three fully operational versions - Email based; PHP/MySQL; PHP/MSAccess - while a fourth version - ASP/MSAccess - is under construction. You can visit FS ACARS website at http://www.satavirtual.org/fsacars/ and find out if these solutions fits you and your VA. If yes, contact us as described on our website.
FSACARS is a piece of software that is built from the ground up and designed to be integrated into Microsoft Flight Simulator.
The software is supposed to emulate the ACARS system used by civilian air traffic controllers everywhere. This allows another layer of realism to be added to the simulation, enabling virtual pilots to experience another piece of what it is to be a real commercial or recreational pilot during their simulation.
ACARS stands for Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System. This system enables short messages to be transmitted between planes and the ground, or from plane to plane, via radio or satellite signal. The system gives every plane a unique address through which they can transmit and receive signals, allowing the planes to communicate while still being obvious where the communication is originating. Planes are able to use the system to send descriptive messages back and forth through the sky, while aircraft control towers can use it to broadcast important information to pilots in the area, information such as weather updates that need to be written down due to the specific and urgent nature of the information they convey.
FSACARS has developed a system that translates the ACARS to Microsoft Flight Simulator. They are accepting applications from virtual airlines across the world to take part in their fully automated PIREP or Pilot Report system.
This system allows pilots to transmit information about weather situations automatically while they are going through their virtual flight. The reports are received by other pilots in the area, which is similar to the way it works in real life.
Representatives from interested virtual airlines should head to FSACARS’ website to fill out an application, as the service is a great way to separate an excellent virtual airline from the crowd while adding an important layer of depth to the simulation.