From an already known team from FS ACARS, now it is time for FS SELCAL. This system which will allow a big step forward in Oceanic flights, finally sees the day light.
The software interfaces with SquawkBox, which is an online air traffic control simulator for use with Microsoft Flight Simulator. Using SquawkBox, simulator fans can take their love of the genre to another level by participating as virtual air traffic controllers, directing air traffic across a number of different Microsoft Flight Simulator sessions and servers.
SquawkBox works by connecting you to a network of online air traffic controllers. You then file your flight plan with the air traffic controller you are paired with. They in turn review your plan and clear you for takeoff or send it back to you for revisions. From there, you are guided through pushback and your taxiing, until you eventually take off, fly your designated route and land.
While you are in the air, SquawkBox gathers data on your position and sends it to the network, in turn downloading information about where all the other planes flying in the virtual air traffic control network are, and populates the skies with them.
By using SquawkBox, you can communicate directly with the other pilots or air traffic control using text chat or a microphone, allowing you an authentic experience flying unlike any other. FS SELCAL is a great utility for people who use SquawkBox but also need to get other work done on their computer. It runs in the background, monitoring your SquawkBox connection and notifying you when someone needs to get in contact with you. It is a great way to remove yourself from the simulation temporarily but still not miss any important calls or contacts with other pilots and air traffic control.
The software is still in development, but the version released is a welcome addition to the simulator arsenal of any serious fan of the genre, as it makes flight planning and the flights themselves a more interactive and social experience.
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